Based on what we know today, JMU is planning to resume its on-campus, residential operations in the fall of 2020. Our planning efforts are underway to ensure that upon students’ return to JMU, the university is prepared to be as proactive as possible in protecting our community’s health. A task force, including leadership from the University Health Center as well as representation from across all divisions, is working to address questions about what living, learning, and dining arrangements on campus may look like should public health guidance necessitate ongoing social distancing or other measures. We are of course evaluating all available information and contingencies and will continue to communicate with colleagues across the state and nation as we prepare for the next academic year.

These are unprecedented times and we are deeply thankful to our students, faculty and staff, as well as for our JMU families as they continue to be a constant wellspring of support for students. For our alumni that continue to fight this pandemic on the frontlines in health care settings and the essential workers keeping our nation going, thank you for all that you do. For those whose health, or the health of a loved one, has been impacted by this disease, we wish you strength and healing. We will continue to update this website as more information becomes available. Please email covid19@jmu.edu with questions.

The following guidance for reopening higher education has been issued by Governor Ralph Northam.   


COMMUNICATIONS TO DATE

  • June 8: Fall 2020 semester update from Heather Coltman — to the JMU community. Link
  • June 3: Fall 2020 Update from President Alger — to the JMU community. Link
  • June 1: Guidance on returning to offices — to faculty, staff. Link
  • May 15: Tuition held steady as JMU plans to reopen for the fall — to the JMU community. Link
  • May 7: Update on CARES Act financial aid — to students and parents. Link
  • May 6: Input sought on restoring operations — to faculty, staff. Link
  • May 5: Help Dukes stay Dukes — to the JMU community. Link
  • May 1: Finish strong, Dukes — to students. Link
  • April 30: Survey about JMU's COVID-19 response — to students and parents. Link
  • April 27: A look toward the future — to the JMU community. Link
  • April 17: Update on university response to COVID-19 — to the JMU community. Link
  • April 17: Update on summer orientation — to future students. Link
  • April 15: Update on university financial situation — to faculty and staff. Link
  • April 14: Update on commencement — to spring 2020 graduates. Link
  • April 10: Gov. Northam issues a call for medical, non-medical volunteers — to the JMU community. Link
  • April 10: An update from President Alger — to the JMU community. Link
  • April 9: Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Notification Memo — to faculty, staff. Link
  • April 7: Update on summer online class fees, fall registration dates — to students, parents. Link
  • April 1: Update on refunds — to students, parents. Link
  • March 31: Update on working from remote locations — to faculty, staff. Link
  • March 31: Students urged to heed stay home order — to students. Link
  • March 27: A lot to be proud of this week — to students, families and employees. Link
  • March 24: Update on grading, final exams and withdrawing from courses — to students. Link
  • March 19: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in the JMU Community. Link
  • March 19: Update on working from remote locations — to faculty, staff. Link
  • March 19: Update on remainder of spring semester — to families. Link
  • March 18: Update on remainder of spring semester — to alumni. Link
  • March 18: Update on remainder of spring semester — to students. Link
  • March 16: Information on Public Health Emergency Leave and telework — to employees. Link
  • March 15: Update on remote work and leave policies — to employees. Link
  • March 13: Update on alternate work arrangements for Monday, March 16 — to employees. Link
  • March 13: Update on clarifications, expectations for the spring semester — to students. Link
  • March 12: Update on student organization events — to student organization leaders. Link
  • March 12: Update on decisions for conducting classes — to faculty. Link
  • March 11: Update on campus operations during the spring semester — to students, parents, faculty and staff. Link
  • March 10: Update on monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation — to academic affairs faculty and staff. Link
  • March 3: Update on monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation — to academic affairs faculty and staff. Link
  • March 2: Tips on safety, security while away for spring break — to students. Link
  • Feb. 29: Update on operation of international programs — to students, parents, faculty and staff. Link
  • Feb. 28: Study abroad coronavirus FAQ — to all JMU audiences. Link
  • Feb. 25: Update on students in Italy — to students and faculty in Italy. Link
  • Jan. 31: Update on novel coronavirus — to all JMU audiences. Link
  • Jan. 24: Update on monitoring the coronavirus situation — to all JMU audiences. Link

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