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Direct Deposit, Deductions and Pay

Direct Deposit is a condition of employment, as mandated by the Virginia Department of Accounts.  All employees must participate in JMU’s direct deposit program. Pay is automatically deposited into a maximum of four accounts at the financial institution(s) of the employee’s choice. Additionally, employees may view their pay information via MyMadison, JMU’s Employee Self-Service system.

The following items, if applicable, must be deducted from an employee’s pay: Social Security (FICA), federal withholding tax and Virginia state withholding tax. An employee may choose to have other deductions taken out of his/her pay including parking fees, state health insurance premiums, tax-deferred annuities, optional life insurance, flexible reimbursement accounts and administrative fees, voluntary benefits, long-term disability, Combined Virginia Campaign contributions, and contributions to the university.

Pay is issued on the 16th of each month for the pay period of the 25th through the 9th and on the last work day of each month for the pay period of the 10th through the 24th. Should that day fall on a weekend or a holiday, employees will be paid on the previous business day. It is federal law that the name on an employee’s pay advice matches the name on his/her Social Security card. The employee may be subject to a fine if the information is incorrect. Visit Payroll's website for additional payroll information and to view the pay calendar and deadlines.

JMU Identification Card (JACard)

The James Madison University Access Card (JACard) is the employee’s official JMU identification card. Please remember to carry your JACard with you at all times while on campus.

  • Mobile ID has come to JMU - supplement to your JACard for goods and services
  • FLEX declining balance accounts - for purchases while on campus and many off campus locations
  • Employee Meal Plans: 15 or 50 Block plans - payroll deduction available
  • Location: 2nd floor of the Student Success Building
  • Phone: 540-568-6446
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (closed for JMU holidays)
  • Web Site with all the details:

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, and convenience stores. Most locations accept cash, FLEX and credit cards. Faculty/Staff meal plans are also available. Dining locations, map, meal plan information and menus can be found at the Dining with JMU website.


Faculty and staff who park on university-owned or leased property are responsible for obtaining and displaying a valid JMU parking permit. For the latest information concerning employee vehicle registration, please refer to the “Faculty & Staff Resources” section of the Parking Services website, email or call 540-568-3300 for assistance.

Bus Service

Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) provides transportation service within the City of Harrisonburg and on the JMU campus for university students and employees free of charge. For bus routes and schedules visit, or call 540-432-0492. For route planning visit the Bus FinderFree real-time info - MyStop App: Android & Apple.

Visit for transportation and parking information. Information about break shuttle bus services and biking can also be found there.

JMU Mail Services

A fully-functional post office serving the entire JMU community is located on the second floor of Madison Union, 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 Service drop boxes located throughout the university. Mail Service is able to assist with any size mailing 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.

University Recreation (UREC)

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

JMU Full-Time Faculty/Staff Membership Information | Facility Hours | Family Hours | Activity Registration

UREC is a multi-level fitness and wellness center with 278,515 square feet of activity space. UREC is located on the east side of campus, near the Convocation Center. Building highlights include a 33-foot climbing wall, eight racquetball courts, three multi-activity gyms, two indoor tracks, fitness and cardio theatre, indoor aquatics center, adventure center, demonstration kitchen, locker rooms, wellness suite, equipment center, two outdoor courtyards, and six group exercise studios. UREC also houses equipment centers 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 a pavilion.

Contact University Recreation for facility access information, hours of operation, program information, and facility reservations at 540-568-8732, visit the UREC website, or email


The JMU Bookstore is your full-service bookstore. From textbooks to computers, 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 We are located in the Godwin parking lot.

Computer Purchase Program

The Madison CyberZone offers complete selections of Dell and Apple computer hardware and a wide selection of accessories 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 Madison CyberZone at the JMU Bookstore at, 540-568-3989, or email

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

JMU is committed to being the change at work and in the world. Many years ago, JMU signed the Talloires Declaration, which committed the university to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, outreach, and operations. JMU has been included in each of The Princeton Review’s guides to green colleges since the publication began in 2010. Partners across the university foster interdisciplinary education, literacy, and research in sustainability, and our members are actively engaged in partnerships, outreach, and service that build sustainable community. Further, JMU is recognized as a Tree Campus USA affiliate by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bee Campus USA affiliate by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and a Bicycle Friendly University (Bronze level) by the League of American Bicyclists. JMU has green buildings and stormwater management best practices led by Facilities Management. 

Clearly, responsibility for environmental sustainability is not housed in one university unit, but is shared university-wide through environmental citizenship at all levels, including senior leaders, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Every individual can play an important role in creating a sustainable future, and there are many opportunities for you to learn, think critically, and contribute, including:

For more information, visit the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World at




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