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New Student Well-Being Website

As we reflect on the past 18 months of social distancing and the often-felt isolation from others, it is critically important that students find ways to get connected with the campus community.

Launched this semester by the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Well-Being and Resiliency website collects on-campus, off-campus, and online programs, services, and resources available to support students across eight dimensions of well-being.

We encourage you and your student to bookmark this page and use it as a reference throughout their time on campus.

Additionally, the first Student Well-Being newsletter students received last week to their University email focused on supporting and enhancing their social well-being. Encourage your student to look for this newsletter throughout the rest of the year.


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Supporting Students' Health on Campus

Student Health Service remains committed to the health and safety of students. They recommend the following actions to support your student this semester:

  • Encourage your student to follow the University’s COVID-19 public health guidance and review Student Health’s COVID-19 website for the latest information.
  • Even if your student’s symptoms are mild, they should contact Student Health Service as soon as they begin. Appointments can be scheduled at are held via both telehealth and in-person visits.
  • All students who test positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms are offered a home health monitoring Tytocare device free of charge.
  • Flu shots become available on campus later this month. Urge your student to make an appointment once available! Refer to our flu shot page for updates.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to all new families and welcome back to those returning! Whether your student is in their first semester or their last, we are glad to have them back on campus. We certainly expected to start this semester with fewer COVID-19 guidelines, but that is simply not the reality. The Delta variant is a huge concern, and we are prioritizing health measures as a result. We strongly encourage vaccination when possible and require masks for all indoor public campus locations, including classrooms, Shalala Student Center, and Herbert Wellness Center. It is extremely important that our students continue to stay diligent on wearing masks indoors and think critically when in groups, even if outdoors.

As the semester gets started, this is the perfect time to begin preparing and considering resources. Encourage your student now to explore tutoring and Learning Specialists from the Camner Center for Academic Resources, the Writing Center, or the Math Lab so that they feel prepared for the semester ahead. Workshops for time management, study skills, and finals preparation are also strong resources to get students on the right foot. Beyond academic preparedness, many student organizations and club sports have started working, planning, and programming. Student organizations can be a great way for students to find others with common interests, be that within their major or simply a hobby.

We look forward to welcoming many of our families in a few short weeks for Family Weekend 2021. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely began her service as senior vice president for student affairs in 1997 and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Whitely is responsible for oversight of residential life, leadership development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, service learning, orientation, student organizations, student activities, student facilities, student counseling and student health centers, Greek life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Camner Center for Academic Resources.




Keeping You and Your Student Informed

This year, we have already seen evidence of an active hurricane season, with multiple storms making landfall in the United States. Hurricane season runs through November 30, and these early storms help reinforce why being prepared is so important.

To ensure your student stays informed, make sure they have entered their mobile number in CaneLink to receive emergency alerts and that they regularly check their University email for Storm Advisories.  Students and families can also follow @UMiamiENN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more detailed updates and information.

Additionally, families should help students develop a hurricane evacuation plan. Students living on-campus will be directed to self-evacuate if a category 3 or greater storm is forecast to impact Miami. Students living off-campus should also find out if they live in an evacuation zone.

Lastly, please ensure the number for UM Police (305-284-6666) has been saved on their phones and encourage them to report suspicious or unusual activity.




CaneLink Access for Families

While enrolled in high school, legal guardians had access to all educational records of their student. However, once a student enrolls in a post-secondary institution like the University of Miami, all rights revert to the student only.

Since we know that students generally work with their families to navigate the various aspects of the University, students can share their protected information with a family member/designee via CaneLink. For a step-by-step guide please refer to authorizing a Proxy/Delegate.

Contact 'Canes Central for more information or for assistance on authorizing a proxy/delegate.




Family Weekend Registration

Family Weekend 2021 provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events that are planned for your enjoyment.

Online registration is open now through Thursday, Sept. 9, and on-site registration will be available. To register online, family members must set up a CaneLink proxy account. For more information, email



Produced by Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement, the Family Resource Guide is designed specifically for families of current undergraduate students and includes a variety of resources for academics, student life, campus safety, and other critical resources.




Welcome Home

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year! As we continue this journey, whether you’re a new or returning 'Cane, we are so excited to have you!

As eager as I am to be back on campus to start off my senior year, my family kept their mind at ease knowing the University has implemented protocols for everyone’s safety around campus. This is a new norm; however, it is imperative we don’t let our guard down.

Every night I talk to my family about my day and share exciting new opportunities I am offered, but also leaving room to ask for advice. Keeping that close contact with both family and friends has helped me stay positive and continue pushing towards my end goal even with the current situation at hand.

As I continue to pursue these goals, I reflect upon when I first started at the University of Miami last fall. A motto that is commonly used among our community is 'Canes Care for 'Canes. Since my first day here, this quote stuck to me and I always think "What can I do for a fellow 'Cane." I look forward to sharing my student insights with all families as the year continues.

Nathalia Torres is a senior majoring in Sociology and Criminology, and minoring in Health Management and Policy & Public Health. She is a transfer student from Miami Dade College, and currently serves as a Student Assistant. Nathalia is an active member of the President's 100, Category 5, Homecoming Executive Committee, HP Concerts, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.


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