JMU announces updates on mask requirements

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To the JMU Community,

As a follow up to our Mar 2 e-mail announcing our phased approach in response to evolving pandemic trends and resulting CDC guidance, the university will move to our next phase by designating masks optional in most indoor areas (see exceptions below) effective Monday April 11. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we seek to continue to follow medical and public health guidance.

Just four positive cases have been observed on campus since March 1, despite testing nearly 1,000 symptomatic individuals during that time. Additionally, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are designated as having LOW community levels of COVID-19 according to the new CDC criteria.

Our move to the next phase follows UVA, Virginia Tech and other large public institutions that already have gone mask optional for most of their indoor spaces.

Masks Are Still Required

  • At clinics on campus and in accordance with requirements at external locations, such as clinical placements, student teaching assignments, etc.
  • On public transportation (including buses) following current federal rules.
  • In private offices, when requested.
  • In other instances where specific contractual obligations apply.

We greatly appreciate the care that has been taken by our entire community that has enabled us to reach this point. We will of course continue to monitor the situation, and need to remain flexible as circumstances evolve.

Many of our community members will still prefer to wear a mask, a decision that we fully support. Our goal is to create spaces where individuals feel comfortable making that choice for themselves. Together, let’s foster an environment where everyone is supported in making a decision that is best for them.

Since the demand for COVID-19 testing has decreased significantly in recent weeks, the testing site has moved to SSC 2536 (beside Card Services’ entrance B). Hours will continue to be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Self-test kits continue to be available to students, faculty and staff at the Welcome desks at the Union, Festival and SSC from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as supplies are available. Please be prepared to show your JACard. Many of your questions can be answered in the FAQs at the Stop the Spread website.

Best wishes during the rest of the semester and enjoy the warming weather as spring advances.


Jonathan Alger, President
Heather Coltman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Donna Harper, Vice President for Access and Enrollment
Nick Langridge, Vice President for Advancement
Tim Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs
Towana Moore, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance

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Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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