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Student Affairs & University Planning at JMU

  • We provide support services, programs and resources so that student learning is engaged, relevant and applied.
  • We help students learn what they need to know and what they don't know they need to know.
  • We help build and maintain the culture of the institution toward belonging and community.
  • We help JMU address the changing needs of students.
  • We help our students learn accountability and how to overcome challenges by achieving an effective balance of challenge and support.


SAUP Mission

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.



SAUP Vision

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.



SAUP Values

Academic Quality: We are dedicated to exemplary learning experiences because they are the essence of our mission.

Community: We thrive when we collaborate, respect and serve others, and appreciate our interconnectedness.

Diversity: We strive to be an inclusive community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives.

Excellence: We seek to be innovative and to perform at the highest levels.

Integrity: We pursue ethical reasoning because it is essential to meaningful citizenship.

Student Focus: We provide experiences that challenge and support students.



The Madison Way

"Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people." - James Madison

The JMU Community Is:

SCHOLARLY - Intellectual pursuit is our primary focus...STUDIOUS - We are committed to the rigors of academic excellence and growth...HONEST - Academic and personal integrity are fundamental components in any and all of our interactions...ACCOUNTABLE - Individuals and groups accept responsibility for behaviors, and abide by laws and community standards...RESPECTFUL - We appreciate and learn from the human ideological differences that make our community stronger...RESILIENT - We possess the courage and commitment to face personal challenges and obstacles...COMPASSIONATE - We thoughtfully contribute to the local, regional, national, and international community...INVIGORATING - We are a friendly community and we make intentionally healthy choices about our physical, social and emotional lives.