The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to advance the educational purpose and institutional values of James Madison University. The division strives to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of students, to advance the integration of the curricular and cocurricular areas of student life, and to enhance students' affective and cognitive development. Student affairs seeks to foster a healthy, safe and intellectually challenging environment that encourages student involvement and promotes diversity and cultural richness.
Through its commitment to the efficient management of human, technological, capital and fiscal resources, the division endeavors to practice comprehensive planning, broad-based decision making and ongoing assessment and evaluation. The division promotes the personal and professional development of its staff and supports collaborative efforts with faculty, staff, students and residents of the community. Each member of the Division of Student Affairs is an educator in the development of the student as a whole person, permitting students the freedom to explore alternatives and make decisions within defined boundaries of behavior.
Students who are charged with violations of stated university policies are guaranteed their rights as members of the university community. The observance of due process is a prime consideration in all university judicial proceedings. All policies and regulations are classified as either major or minor. Minor violations are heard by the Student Judicial Coordinator or the Minor Violations Board, while all major violations are heard by the University Judicial Coordinator or the University Judicial Council. Students participate as members of all judicial bodies. Details of the procedures and areas of responsibility of these bodies, as well as student rights and responsibilities, are published in the Student Handbook.
The final authority to suspend or expel students is vested in the president of the university.
The student population of the university is collectively represented by an official organization known as the Student Government Association. The association exists to promote the welfare of the students and to coordinate activities relevant to the students and the campus community.
The residence life office is responsible for the management of all university-sponsored housing facilities including administration of contracts and room assignments, selection, training and supervision of the residence hall staff, and the development of policies and procedures necessary for hall operation and management.
The campus has been divided into geographically distinct areas under the direction of full-time professional staff members. Within each area, gradu ate and undergraduate hall directors and resident advisers manage day-to-day hall operation and provide assistance to residents through social and educational programming, individual advising and referral to appropriate people or offices when residents need information or assistance.
The JMU Board of Visitors recognizes the value of a residential experience and has determined that it is conducive to the kind of educational environment which James Madison University wishes to establish and maintain. Freshmen students are, therefore, required to live in university-operated housing unless they reside with members of their immediate family. Requests for exceptions to this requirement must receive approval from the Office of Admissions.
Questions regarding room assignments and housing contracts should be directed to the Office of Residence Life in Alumnae Hall.
Campus tours are held throughout the week and on Saturdays. For information regarding JMU's admission policies and procedures please refer to page 21 in this catalog.
Non-U.S. citizens interested in applying to JMU should complete the university's International Student Application for Admission. This application and an international student information guidebook are available in the Office of International Admissions and Enrollment Services. In addition to regular freshman and transfer admission requirements, international students must present evidence of English proficiency and documentation of sufficient financial resources. The university welcomes international applications and is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Requests for information concerning the admission of undergraduate international students should be directed to: Office of International Admissions and Enrollment Services, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (703) 568-6147.
Requests for information concerning federal regulations, international students and foreign faculty, visa, health and insurance should be directed to: Dr. Bijan Saadatmand, Director, Office of International Student and Foreign Faculty Services, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (703) 568-6119.
The Office of Registration and Records is located on the first floor of Wilson Hall. Students are directed to this office for information regarding transcripts, veterans affairs certification and certification of enroll ment for insurance purposes.
In addition to counseling and therapy, the center provides consultative services and psychoeducational programs to students, faculty, administrators and parents. An individual can consult with a counselor to obtain assistance in assessing a problem, making a referral or obtaining information about psychological and mental health services. Students can attend a variety of workshops and presentations (e.g., stress management, interpersonal communication, family dynamics, weight and eating concerns, etc.) offered by the center or request specific topics/ presentations for their group or organization.
Services are available to all full-time students; limited services are available to part-time students. The center is staffed by psychologists and counselors. All contacts with the center are treated on a confidential basis unless other arrangements are made. Appointments can be made by calling the center, (703) 568-6552, or stopping by the office, Alumnae Hall, Room 200. In the case of a mental health emergency after regular office hours, assistance can be requested by calling the campus police and public safety office, (703) 568-6911.
The Financial Aid Office is located in Hoffman Hall and the Student Employment Office is located in Warren Hall. Students are encouraged to visit the respective offices for applications and instructions concerning procedures and deadlines.
For further information regarding the various financial aid programs, please refer to "Scholarships, Grants, Student Employment and Loans" on page 29.
Gibbons Hall is the largest dining services facility at JMU. It has more than 1,300 seats in six major dining rooms, and is the only dining services facility open for all meals. There are a variety of dining options within Gibbons Hall. Two of the dining rooms serve traditional full-course meals, with a different menu each day. Other rooms serve an Italian menu, build-your-own subs and sandwiches, vegetarian items, "fast food" fare, and specialties.
PC Dukes, located on the ground floor of Phillips Hall, is an a la carte restaurant open to the campus community and visitors. It is a popular and convenient eating place for students.
Amigo's, located on the top floor of Warren Hall, offers both a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and a popular Tex-Mex luncheon buffet featuring chili, tacos, homemade soups and a daily dessert special. In the evenings, Amigo's boasts an intimate atmosphere for more formal dining. Table service is provided and reservations are required.
Mrs. Greens, located in the Shenandoah Room of Chandler Hall, is a lunch alternative available for students. This dining option, geared for the health-conscious customer, features fresh and healthful menu offerings.
The Office of Special Events arranges for the use of campus facilities for seminars, camps, conferences and other events. It also functions as a catering service for university groups desiring formal dinners, refreshment breaks, banquets, picnics and a number of other affairs. Student customers are also welcome. The office is glad to give free advice to student groups arranging their own picnics, dances and other social activities.
Dining services employs a nutritionist who will counsel any contract student without charge concerning individual dietary problems. The nutritionist will also make arrangements for students requiring special take-out privileges in the event that students are medically confined to their rooms.
With the exception of a few students who live in university apartments equipped with kitchens, all students living in university residence halls are required to have a 20-Meal Plan or 14-Plus Meal Plan. These plans are automatically included with housing contracts. For further information on meal plans, including prices, restrictions and guidelines, contact Rebecca Hinkle in the Campus Card Center, Gibbons Hall, Entrance 3, or by calling (703) 568-6446.
The dining contract obligates the university to provide meals for the contract holder in Gibbons Hall, during established meal hours while the university is officially in session. To exercise the contract and be admitted to meals, the contract holder is obligated to present his or her properly validated JMU Access Card at the dining hall door. No refunds will be made for meals missed due to failure to present an operable JMU Access Card.
With the exception of very few menu items, all customers at Gibbons Hall, Mrs. Greens and Amigo's are welcome to unlimited seconds. However, no food or other property of the dining services may be taken from the dining premises. Individual dining contract benefits may not be transferred from one person to another.
Monday and Tuesday, Thursday Wednesday and Friday Saturday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday Saturday and Sunday
7:30 a.m. to midnight 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours are limited in the summer and during breaks.
The Office of Student Activities is comprised of five primary components: facilities and services, programming, recreational activities, community service-learning, and organizational and leadership programs.
The facilities associated with student activities are designed as places to exchange ideas, pursue leadership roles and responsibilities, enjoy varied program offerings and support the needs of the university community.
The JMU Campus Center is comprised of four buildings. Warren Hall includes the JMU Bookstore, dining services, postal services, the Registration Center, the ticket office, the event planning office, the Center for Multicultural Student Services, the administrative offices for student activities, meeting rooms and lounge space. Taylor Hall includes the Center for Off-Campus Living, the Corner Pocket (gameroom), the Center for Service-Learning, the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Center, Dukes Duplicates, offices for the Student Government Association, the University Program Board, student organization offices, meeting rooms and lounge space. Phillips Hall, containing a ballroom, and P.C. Dukes, and the 630-seat Grafton-Stovall Theatre, complete the campus center complex.
The University Program Board serves as the primary source of activities, programming and entertainment for the campus. Composed of students and assisted by professional and graduate staff, the board provides speakers, movies, concerts, dances, novelty acts and other activities for the university community. The aim of this component is to make free-time activity a cooperative factor in educating the total student.
Recreational activities provide opportunities for student involvement in physical activities designed to contribute to the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical and physical development and well-being of students. The structured and informal activities provided include intramural athletics, sports clubs, aerobic and fitness programs, informal recreation and special events. Recreational activities are sponsored across campus in a number of facilities including Godwin Hall, the Hillside Fitness Center, the Logan Fitness Center, the Corner Pocket (gameroom) and various playing fields.
The Center for Service-Learning, designed to integrate the concept of service-learning into the culture of the university, is an activity and a service with the purpose of teaching and directing activities which promote social responsibility. The purpose of the center is to facilitate activities which promote social responsibility, provide curricular and cocurricular developmental opportunities and foster mutually beneficial relationships with the university and local community.
With organizational and leadership programs, the Office of Student Activities strives to establish a developmental community in which students encounter a support system and challenge for individual growth. Programs, workshops, publications and other resources are offered to enhance the experiences of students and to assist groups in setting and achieving organizational objectives.
The LEAD Center and the student activities office offer a variety of opportunities for students to acquire and enhance their own leadership skills. Centered around personal, group and servant leadership, programs help students increase self-awareness and develop a greater understanding of an increasingly diverse world. As students learn more about their own leadership strength and challenges, they are better able to make informed decisions about career and life goals.
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