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Who should I contact at JMU with questions?

Contact with questions. Media should contact Caitlyn Read,, or 540-568-5325.

Have events on campus been cancelled?

Based on guidance issued by the White House and the Governor of Virginia not to gather in groups of more than 10 people, all events on JMU’s campus, regardless of size, are canceled through May 15. These restrictions include events at JMU that are not university-sponsored, including conferences and social gatherings. 

This includes on-campus CHOICES Admitted Student Open House events scheduled for April 3 and April 6, 2020. A live and recorded virtual CHOICES Open House will take place. Check for more information.

Professional and Continuing Education Youth Summer Programs: We fully anticipate carrying on summer programming as scheduled. If factors make that impossible, we will adjust accordingly and announce any changes and/or cancellations. Registration is open at If JMU PCE Youth Programs need to cancel any program, fees will be refunded. Refunds will also be made to participants who are unable to attend programs due to COVID-19. Updates for summer 2020 youth programs will be posted on and the PCE Facebook page. While JMU offices will remain open, we will only be in the offices intermittently, but can be reached via email at, or by phone at 540-568-4226 and 540-568-4224. 

JMU Free, Annual ‘Concerts on the Lawn’ Cancelled Due to COVID-19: Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University, the 2020 Concerts on the Lawn series has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The free concerts invite the public to the Duke Lawn to enjoy music by a variety of community bands on select Sundays each summer. Contact Jen Kulju, director of communications and marketing at JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, at (540) 568-4394 or by e-mail at for further information.

What will happen if someone in the JMU community is suspected of having COVID-19?

If a case was suspected in the JMU community, JMU would partner with the Virginia Department of Health, and adhere to available guidance from federal, state and local officials. If the suspected case is a student, the university is prepared to support that student should self-isolation or quarantine become necessary, providing access to housing, food, laundry, entertainment and Wifi. JMU would communicate the situation broadly with the university community, without releasing individuals’ identities per state and federal privacy laws. 

What has JMU been doing to prepare?

On campus, we have convened the Infectious Disease Response Team (IDRT), a committee comprised of leadership from across campus, to review emergency operations plans, ensure compliance with CDC and VDH guidance, and implement practices to best protect the community. As part of this work, groups across campus continue to conduct contingency planning focused on isolation and quarantine, moving courses online, supporting employees in telecommuting, and preparing for other possible action that may become necessary. We have also taken a number of precautions to protect the health of our community including increasing the frequency of cleaning, which includes the use of disinfectants in residence halls and shared spaces on campus, and working with our food service providers from Aramark to increase protections in the dining facilities.

What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

Take standard precautions that prevent the spread of all communicable diseases. Focus on good hygiene to prevent viral illnesses, including covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding sharing cups and utensils, washing hands regularly, avoiding others if you or they are ill, and getting plenty of sleep. More information from the CDC on how to protect yourself is available here.

What should I do if I feel sick?

To protect the health and well-being of everyone in the JMU community, the university has advised anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate. Students can contact the University Health Center at or 540-568-6178. If a case of COVID-19 is suspected, the university is prepared to support students by providing housing, food and other supports required for isolation or quarantine.

What if I’m feeling fear and anxiety about COVID-19?

We recognize that public health emergencies are stressful times for communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people and places, for example, associating COVID-19 with a population or nationality, or with people who have traveled. Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear and anger toward others. The reality is that diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. (Adapted from the CDC’s webpage on Stigma and Resilience.)  

We ask all members of the community to model the JMU way, that Dukes take care of Dukes. If you are a student or employee and have experienced stigma, please contact JMU’s Office of Equal Opportunity at If you are a student in need of mental health services, contact the JMU Counseling Center through their Outreach Request Form.


Where can I find more information?

How can I help?

COVID-19 has affected many families in the Madison community and will undoubtedly necessitate emergency student scholarship support. Social distancing, while necessary, has caused market losses, unemployment and food insecurity. In response, our alumni, parents and friends around the world are asking how they can help students who need immediate assistance and support the university they love. They understand this pandemic is unprecedented for all of us. We are making hard decisions we have never had to make before, both as a nation and as a university. The financial impact will be significant. If you are in a position to help, you can provide critical support to these students and JMU with a gift today.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced on April 10 a statewide effort in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Medical Reserve Corps to recruit medical and non-medical volunteers in the fight against COVID-19. An estimated 30,000 volunteers are needed to provide support for the immediate surge in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and alternate care sites throughout the Commonwealth. For more information and to become an MRC volunteer, please visit

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