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Greetings, JMU Family!

We hope you are doing well and thinking positively. As we welcome JMU students back to campus with classes beginning on Wednesday this week, we want to reiterate that the public health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our top considerations.

As we all navigate this situation together, each of us has a role in James Madison University opening—and staying open—for the Fall 2020 semester. We want to provide you with a one-stop shop of the various measures the university is taking to reopen safely. Watch these Stop the Spread videos outlining several things you need to know and to do. We all must do our part to Stop the Spread.

You can also find all of this video content through the hashtag #StopTheSpreadJMU on our social media channels. We are excited to safely welcome our JMU Family back to campus.

What You Need to Know

There are a few things you need to do and to know. Check out a preview of several topics you need to know as you return to campus. Watch Video

Move-in and What to Bring

We are excited to welcome our first-year Dukes to campus! For our students who will be living on campus, here’s some important information regarding Move-in, including details on what to bring.
Watch Video

Public Health

Please heed these guidelines regarding public health and safety for the Fall 2020 semester. Watch Video


Mental Health Resources

Maintaining your mental health will be vital. Learn about the available resources and the mental health precautions that students should take when you’re back at JMU. Watch Video


Changes in Dining on Campus

A number of changes to on-campus dining have been implemented to make the dining experience safer for students, faculty and staff. These include reduced seating, physical distancing protocols, and other safety and convenience measures. Watch Video

Your Academic Schedules

Find out important information regarding your academic schedules going into this semester. Watch Video


Classes This Fall

JMU professors are excited to welcome our students back to campus and are focused on creating a safe and engaging return to classrooms, labs, studios and other learning environments. Here are some things students need to know about classes. Watch Video


Help Us Live Safely With LiveSafe

The LiveSafe app is designed to help keep us all vigilant by reminding us to check how we feel and respond to daily push notifications. We want everyone to LiveSafe, so we need everyone to be responsible for their own health and well-being, and complete this screening every day before arriving on campus. Watch Video


What You Need to Do Before Coming to Campus

Please check out this important information regarding what you need to do before returning to campus. Watch Video


Wearing Masks is the New Holding Doors

Our longstanding tradition here is to hold doors for one another. Well, as we all do our part to Stop the Spread, we’re establishing a new tradition: wearing masks. Wearing masks is the new holding doors. Watch Video


FAQs About JMU's Reopening Plan

JMU has received several frequently asked questions about our reopening plan. Here are the answers to several common FAQs that have come up recently across JMU. Watch Video



Lots of measures have been taken to help Stop the Spread at the JMU Libraries. Find out what you can expect when you visit these critically important hubs of learning. Watch Video


You can check out a curated playlist of all the Stop the Spread videos on JMU’s official YouTube channel here.

ICYMI, you can read President Alger’s Aug. 11 message about JMU’s preparation for the return of students here.

You can read JMU’s updated return-to-workplace guidelines here.


Take care and Go Dukes!

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Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Last Updated: Monday, May 24, 2021

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