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Fringe Benefits

Reimbursement for Work-Related Education or Training from an External Source JMU Policy 1401

The university offers reimbursement for classes unavailable at the university for full-time classified and faculty members only. Employees may use another institution to take classes for:

  • The use of new or modified equipment
  • Skill and knowledge required due to changes in current position
  • Advancement to position for which qualified applicants are not otherwise available

In addition, tuition costs for courses offered through Outreach and Engagement are covered under this tuition reimbursement policy. The Request for Tuition/Registration Reimbursement form is found in the Appendix of JMU Policy 1401.

Tuition Waiver JMU Policy 1402

The university offers a waiver of tuition (undergraduate and graduate) to its classified employees for academic credit courses offered at JMU each semester. Classified employees are eligible to apply for tuition waiver for courses that begin after the day of their six-month anniversary, as long as they receive a rating of contributor on their six-month probationary performance evaluation. Books, application fees, special course or departmental fees and readmission fees are not covered. Applicants may have tuition waived for a maximum of two classes and one lab per semester. Degree seeking employees must meet the university admissions requirements for a degree seeking course at the time of application.

Request for Tuition Waiver form

Review JMU Policy 1401 and JMU Policy 1402 for further information. Questions regarding waiver of tuition may be directed to Human Resources, (540) 568-3593 or benefits@jmu.edu.

Service Awards

In accordance with the Commonwealth's Employee Recognition Programs DHRM Policy 1.10, the university recognizes length of service for classified staff and faculty through an annual service awards event. Employees who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. years of service with the university are honored.

Employee Wellness Program

CommonHealth is the employee wellness program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CommonHealth offers:

  • quarterly programs
  • on site health checks every two years
  • Preparing for Parenthood prenatal program (800) 828-5891
  • Quit for Life tobacco cessation program (866) 784-8454
  • Weight Watchers reimbursement for half the cost of services, after completion of program requirements
  • fitness center discounts
  • The Compass online quarterly newsletter

Please note that eligibility for some programs is dependent upon enrollment in the state health benefits plan.  For more information visit www.commonhealth.virginia.gov

JMU’s agency coordinator is Veronica Jones, (540) 568-3407 or jonesvw@jmu.edu.

University Recreation (UREC)

JMU has excellent recreational facilities that are available for use by university employees and family members. UREC aims to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and support services.

The main UREC facility is a multi-level fitness and wellness center with over 140,000 square feet of activity space. Building highlights include a climbing wall, racquetball courts, basketball/ volleyball courts, indoor track, cardio theatre, indoor pool/sauna/spa area, locker rooms, massage studio, outdoor courtyard with sand volleyball, outdoor turf fields and group fitness/multipurpose studios. UREC also houses an equipment center where sports and camping/outdoor equipment can be checked out or rented. Personal training, fitness/nutrition analysis and massage services are also available for a fee.

University Park, accessed by Devon Lane, includes opportunities for drop-in recreation, structured intramural sports and sport club programs, as well as a team and leadership development program. Facilities include an open event lawn, tennis, sand volleyball and basketball courts, sports turf, and pavilion.

Facilities include an indoor pool, rock climbing wall, fitness rooms, racquetball courts and an indoor track. Contact University Recreation for facility access information, hours of operation and program information at (540) 568-8737, or visit the UREC website.

Bus Service

Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) provides transportation service within the City of Harrisonburg and on the JMU campus for university employees, free of charge. For bus routes and schedules contact Off Campus Life at (540) 568-6071, visit www.hdpt.com, or call (540) 432-0492. For route planning visit the Bus Finder. For real-time arrival predictions visit NextBus.

Campus Dining

All dining facilities are open to students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. They include all-you-care-to-eat style dining, food courts, coffee bars, smoothie bars, convenience stores and a full service restaurant. Most locations accept cash, FLEX and credit cards. Dining locations, map and menus can be found at the Dining with JMU website.

Mail Services

A fully functional post office serving the entire JMU community is located on the second floor of Warren Hall which offers a wide variety of mailing supplies, USPS and UPS shipping services, fax and copy services, on-demand delivery and more. There are several JMU Mail Services drop boxes located throughout the university. Mail Services is able to assist with any size job from design to delivery. We are here for all your mailing needs. Any outgoing mail received after 4:00 p.m. will be postmarked the following business day. All outgoing UPS packages are picked up Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. Cash, flex and personal checks are accepted. Along with additional information, you can find a complete list of Mail Stop Codes (MSC) on our website. Call (540) 568-6257 for further assistance.

JMU Bookstore

The JMU Bookstore is your full-service bookstore. From textbooks to computers, from t-shirts to coffee mugs, the JMU Bookstore has everything you need to succeed. Faculty and staff are eligible for 15% discount on their purchases (computer products excluded). Best Sellers are always 30% off. Don't see a book you need? We'll order it. Shop us 24/7 at the online JMU Bookstore. We are located in the Godwin parking lot.

Computer Purchase Program

JMU's Computer Purchase Program offers complete selections of computer hardware and software to compliment your academic, professional and personal needs. The purpose of this website is to provide JMU faculty, staff and students interested in purchasing computer products sufficient information to make the correct buying decision. We have a dedicated staff ready to answer your questions. Employees may obtain additional computer products information by contacting the JMU Bookstore at (540) 568-3989, or email jmu_computers@jmu.edu.

Computer Loan Program

All full-time, non-probationary JMU employees are eligible to participate in this program. This is an interest free loan available to purchase hardware, software, or other computer accessories. All merchandise must be purchased from the JMU Bookstore. The current limit on the loan is $3600.00, and the repayment period cannot exceed twenty-four months. Once a loan has been paid in full, an employee may begin a new loan. Employees will not be permitted to have two loans at the same time.

The JMU Bookstore will consult with the employee on their purchase and when they have made a decision, a formal quote will be written. That quote will be forwarded to the Business Services office and the employee will be instructed to contact that office. At that point, the employee will need to sign their computer loan agreement, which will be forwarded to the Bookstore for the order to be placed.

When the purchase is received, the employee will be notified and the loan agreement will be forwarded to the payroll office to begin payroll deductions. Deductions will continue until the balance has been paid. Loans must be paid in full upon an employee's separation from JMU.

If you have any questions about this program, contact the Business Services Office at 540-568-8135.

Computing Workshops

Information Technology offers a variety of computing workshops for administrative and professional faculty, classified and wage employees.  These hands-on workshops on JMU supported software are offered in the IT Training Center (JMAC4). You can find a comprehensive listing by visiting the IT Training Course Description website. Sign up for these workshops through MyMadison.

Training and Development JMU Policy 1403 

James Madison University is committed to providing professional development opportunities for all JMU community members. In support of JMU defining characteristic five under infrastructure – The university will invest in the professional development of its people – the JMU Training and Development Department offers personal and professional development opportunities for administrative and professional (AP) faculty, classified staff and wage employees.

JMU Training and Development focuses on learning areas which help each of us reach our own potential as well as work effectively with others. Training and Development offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities which are provided free of charge to JMU AP faculty, classified staff and wage employees.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to pursue professional development utilizing internal and external resources. Please let the JMU Training and Development staff know how we can assist you in your personal, professional and departmental development needs.

Specializing in:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Team Building

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