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Parents and Family Members

 

We expect parents and family members to play an active role in the success of your student. The challenge is how to be involved while ensuring that your student is the one making the decisions, learning the lessons and taking healthy risks. What makes this hard (and for some parents downright scary) is that your student has to learn how to balance newfound freedoms with an immense degree of responsibility.

 

We've provided a special insert in the front flap of the One Book just for family members, but have additional information and links for you here so you are prepared for the transition…

 

Academics

Adjustment

Advice for parents

Bills

Calendar

Care Packages

Computers

Directions to Residence Hall on move-in day

"Do's" and "Don'ts"

Drugs and alcohol

Emotions and feelings

Family Weekend

Financial Aid

FERPA

 

Getting home

Grade release form

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Information

Homesickness

Judicial Affairs and Judicial Policies

Loss of an important relationship

Move-in day: August ? or ?

One Book

Orientation (Program, Reservations and Fee)

Parent and Family Member Top 10

Parking

Residency

Student Services Video

Tickets (for sporting events)

What to read

 

 

Academics

College is different than high school and one of the ways this difference is most profound is in managing academic challenges. The Counseling and Student Development Center web site addresses how parents can respond to poor academic performance. 

 

Adjustment

Visit the JMU Counseling and Student Development Center's excellent web site to learn more about your student's adjustment.

 

Advice for parents

Visit the Parent Relations web page devoted to providing you with advice to navigate the transition.

 

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Bills

Visit the University Business Office web site to learn about tuition, fees, bills, QuikBILL and refunds.

 

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Calendar

The JMU 2010-2011 calendar! (requires the free Adobe Acrobat, which you can get here)

 

Care Packages

Click here to learn more.

 

Computers

•  The JMU Bookstore's web page details Apple and Dell computer packages configured to meet JMU academic and network requirements.

•  Computer Purchase FAQs.

•  Departmental Computer Requirements.

 

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Directions

Follow the Residence Hall move-in day directions by clicking on "Moving In."

 

"Do's" and "Don'ts"

JMU Counseling and Student Development Center's recommended Parent Do's and Don'ts.

 

Drugs and Alcohol

JMU takes a proactive approach to educating students about making smart decisions regarding alcohol and drugs. From Orientation programming and student peer-educators to residence hall meetings and late night programs, JMU creates an environment where students can make healthy choices about alcohol and drugs.

 

There are consequences if a student violates local, state and/or federal law as well as JMU policies. JMU has three specific strategies associated with alcohol and drugs. If a student is found responsible for three alcohol or drug violations during his or her academic career, he or she may be suspended for a minimum of one semester. JMU notifies parents of students under the age of 21 on a first major or second minor alcohol or drug violation. JMU also places judicial charges against students if they are convicted in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County of an alcohol- or drug-related violation. For more information about the judicial process, visit www.jmu.edu/judicial/timeline.shtml.

 

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Emotions and feelings

Visit the JMU Counseling and Student Development Center web site to learn more about your adjustment and your student's adjustment.

 

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Family Weekend

•  Family Weekend web page.

•  Family Weekend Accommodations.

 

Financial Aid

JMU Financial Aid and Scholarship web page for parents.

 

FERPA

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that keeps your student's records private including grades, health records, participation in university activities and bills. JMU is not allowed to disclose this information without the written consent of your student.

 

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Getting home

JMU Parent Relations travel home web page will answer many of your questions regarding how your student will get to and from JMU on breaks.

 

Grade release form

The FERPA for parents web site will tell you more about how grades are posted and who has access to those grades.

 

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H1N1 (Swine) Flu Information

JMU continues to be vigilant about health concerns and issues that may impact our campus community. For the latest information about the H1N1 (Swine) Flu, you can view the official statement or visit the University Health Center Web Site.

 

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Homesickness

The Counseling and Student Development Center web site addresses this common issue.

 

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Judicial Affairs and Judicial Policies

The Judicial Affairs Frequently Asked Questions from Parents web site will answer many of your questions in this area.

 

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Loss of an important relationship

The Counseling and Student Development Center web site addresses this common issue.

 

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Move-in day: August ? or ?

Students will be assigned a move-in date (either ? or ). Beginning on ? students can go to the One Book web site to get their assigned move-in date.

•  Get all Moving-In details from Residence Life.

 

 

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One Book

•  The entire One Book we be available on-line here.

•  Need another copy? The JMU bookstore will have copies available for purchase. Contact the bookstore at (800) 280-7543 or e-mail JMUBmerchandise@jmu.edu for more information.

 

 

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Orientation (Program, Reservations, Fee)

 

Summer Springboard Orientation

June 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, and 14.

 

While students are meeting with their peer adviser and freshman advisor, eating lunch and registering for classes, Orientation for family members springs into action. We have a full slate of programs to get you the information you need and prepare you for what things are going to be like when your students arrives at JMU in August.

 

You'll take advantage of the following:

•  The "almost famous" scenarios

•  Lunch on campus

•  The incredible offerings of the James Madison University Bookstore

•  Seeing a residence hall from a new perspective

 

You'll attend sessions addressing:

•  General Education, the JMU core curriculum,

•  JMU majors

•  Students' academic and career success

•  Banking, Billing, Computing, Dining, Family Weekend/Send-off picnics, Financial Aid and Health

 

Summer Springboard Orientation Reservations

Orientation information will be included in the One Book and sent on a rolling basis beginning mid-April 2010 to admitted students who have paid their tuition deposit.  After receiving this information students will be directed to the One Book Web site to:

 

•  Activate their electronic identity (eID)--their passport to JMU online services

•  Make General Education course preferences

•  Complete the Math Placement Exam

•  Review information about majors

•  Select four potential Orientation dates

•  Take the First-Year Student Survey

•  Complete their housing contract, theme and learning community contract

Orientation date assignments will be made available online at the One Book website on May 27, 2010.

 

The Orientation Fee

All university financial accounts for freshmen will be charged $175. This fee covers Summer Springboard Orientation, 1787 August Orientation and valuable first year programs and publications. Billing information will be available at Summer Springboard orientation. You do not have to pay any Orientation fee at this time; however, if you have an installment payment plan, you should insure your annual budget includes this charge.

 

 

Parent and Family Member Top 10

Mixed with the joy of seeing your student go off to college is the potential for frustration and fear because you may feel powerless to ensure your student makes good choices. Although your student still needs to be the one making choices, there are some things you can do. Here's your Top 10 (from the home office in Harrisonburg, Va.) to help you prepare for this life-changing experience.

 

Drum roll please

10. Get ready for move-in day. Expect a range of conflicting emotions for you and your student leading up to and on that day.

9. It helps to know when you'll say goodbye. Parents and family members depart campus after move-in in August.

8. Keep the lines of communication open. Stay in touch with short notes, e-mails and phone calls.

7. The feelings generated from long-distance relationships often contribute to homesickness. Be open to listening to your student's feelings and offering suggestions. Your student might find it helpful to talk with a professional at the Counseling Student and Development Center.

6. Encourage your son or daughter to set his or her own academic goals and use the variety of JMU resources to succeed academically and choose a major.

5. Talk openly with your student about being financially responsible, especially with the use of credit cards.

4. Convey your confidence in your student's ability to be successful. College is a major adjustment. It takes time to make friends, learn how to study differently and discover how to do well here.

3. Discuss with your student how he or she will make good choices about use of alcohol and other substances. Talk instead of lecture.

2. Avoid rushing in and solving the problem. Encourage your student to use the resources at JMU.

1. Be confident that the character you worked to develop and the values you instilled in your student since he or she was a small child will continue to guide him or her in making responsible decisions.

 

Parking

In general, first-year students are not eligible to obtain parking privileges on university-owned or leased property. To learn more about first-year student parking click here. When visiting your student on campus please obtain a free parking permit from the parking office. Click here to learn more about parent and visitor parking.

 

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Residency

James Madison University has policies regarding the residency of students. Click here to learn more about what classifies a student as in-state vs. out-of-state.

 

 

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Student Services Video

Hopefully you had a chance to see our JMU Student Services Video during Summer Springboard. But just in case you didn't, or you want to see it again, here it is! We have conveniently separated the full video into the smaller segments so you can pick and choose which segment to view. Here they are: Dining Services, Financial Aid, University Health Center, Housing, University Business Office, Information Technology, Parent Relations, and CommonWealth One.

 

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Tickets

Click here to learn more about acquiring tickets for sporting events.

 

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What to read

Some great books have been written recently designed to prepare you for the transition of having a student in college. See our comprehensive list in the insert in the front flap of your student's One Book.

 

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