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James Madison University seeks to be an environment characterized by openness, fairness and equal access for all students, staff and faculty. We strive to facilitate a welcoming and inclusive campus climate that is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue and evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction.

To this end, JMU undertook a climate study during the fall 2021 semester and received a final report in April 2022 from Rankin & Associates Consulting, a highly regarded leader in conducting campus climate assessment projects over the last 20 years.

After receiving the final report, the Climate Study Response and Implementation Team held numerous Action Forums moderated by Rankin & Associates and we expect a report from those forums in September 2022. 

Much of what was learned in the Climate Study affirmed efforts underway on campus. But just in the months since receiving the final report, the university …

  • Created a university-wide Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force
  • Created a university-wide Health and Well-Being Task Force
  • Held a workshop on Shared Governance with more planned
  • Mandated Kognito mental health training for all students and employees as of Fall 2022
  • Increased support for mental health for students with a new Telehealth partnership

While good progress has been made, much work remains. This site will be updated regularly with news of how the Climate Study Response and Implementation Team and other entities across campus are working toward making JMU an even more welcoming and inclusive community. 

Your questions and comments are important as we move through this process.

If you have questions or comments, contact the Response and Implementation Team co-chairs, Brent Lewis, Heather Coltman and Tim Miller.

Email them at speakupdukes@jmu.edu.


 

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