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COVID-19 Response

For general updates on university services, please be checking JMU’s primary COVID-19 information and FAQ page.

COVID-19 Testing

For information about on-campus testing, please click here.

Cleaning/Disinfecting Kits Available

Cleaning kits are available for pickup from the Off-Campus Life office, located on the second floor of The Union, Suite 205 H-L. Kits include a 32oz spray bottle of cleaner/disinfectant, disposable gloves, disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, and a reusable microfiber cloth. Stop in any time the office is open, Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM, and pick up this kit free of charge. Check out this cleaning guide for helpful hints and suggestions!

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend visiting the Virginia Department of Health site on COVID-19 prevention tips, as well as the information covered in the JMU Stop the Spread site. Conversations on safety and expectations with your roommates are a must. Consider sitting down and outlining your mutual expectations in your living space. Be sure each roommate has a chance to speak their mind and share their concerns. A formal roommate agreement, which you all sign, can help reduce anxiety and uncertainty around these issues.

Talking Points with Roommates/Recommendations:

  • Living Space Guidelines: Be respectful and mindful of your fellow roommates.
  • Socializing: What are the current guidelines on social gatherings? Will masks be required even if everyone is vaccinated?
  • Essential Errands: When grocery shopping, getting gas, or grabbing take-out, discuss safety measures.
  • Guests/Visitors: What is the guest policy? Will guests be allowed?
  • Masks: What is my stance on wearing masks in the apartment/house? Will it effect my roommates?
  • Quarantining: If a roommate is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or tests positive, what is the plan of action?
  • Hygiene: Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cleaning: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (ie: tables, knobs, handles, light switches, etc.)

Feel free to use our guides on roommate conversations and on hosting small social gatherings in your apartment to help in these talks.

Remember that your lease most likely includes limits on the total number of occupants and overnight guests you can have in your unit. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these limitations, as breaking these rules and guidelines can result in additional charges and penalties.

Public health depends on social distancing, and it is critical not to congregate in large crowds. While we are in the middle of a global pandemic, students need to make responsible decisions and not put themselves or others in harm’s way for the sake of a party. We applaud every student who has done their part in being a responsible member of our greater Harrisonburg community, and ask each of you personally to set an example for others around you by not engaging in dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

Transportation: The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation is committed to providing a safe experience for passengers. All passengers are required to wear a mask, ridership is limited to 18 guests, and entering and exiting the bus must occur using the read door. Schedules will be modified to accommodate later class times.  For the most updated information please check the HDPT website or follow HDPT on social media.

Food Security Resources: Currently, the on-campus Pantry is operating with expanded hours. Check here for updates. Other pantries and support services are available within the Harrisonburg community. If you need assistance in locating specific services, please reach out to our office.

Safety: It is important to note that student housing is prone to crimes of opportunity, especially during periods of time when occupancy levels are low. Be sure the all windows and doors are closed and locked to prevent someone from taking advantage of an easy entry point.

All off-campus housing is privately owned and operated. All questions pertaining to leasing agreements and rental payments should be directed to your housing manager or landlord. Remember that your lease is a legally binding document, and you are responsible for making rental payments for the duration of your rental period to avoid legal consequences.

Utility Services: If utilities are not provided in your lease, and no other arrangements have been made between you and your housing provider, you are obligated to keep your utilities (water/electric) turned on for the entirety of your leasing period. Be sure that you have contacted your utility providers to update them with a forwarding address and contact information. Local utility company contact information can be found here.

Forward Your Mail: Be sure to let the U.S. Post Office know where to forward your mail, and then contact all appropriate services to update your mailing address. Be sure to update this information in MyMadison as well.

Communicate with Your Landlord: Let your landlord or housing manager know of your intention to move out early. They may want to schedule more frequent maintenance checks on your unit, if no other occupants will be residing there. Also be sure to update them with your forwarding address and contact information.

Final Walk Through/Inspection: Be in contact with your housing managers/landlord to arrange for a final walk through of your unit. They might have a specific form for you to utilize for this purpose. If they are unwilling to conduct the final inspection at this time, because your leasing period is not at a close, we strongly suggest you go through and document the condition of your unit yourself. Make sure to read through your leasing agreement, to fully understand your responsibilities at move out. Be sure to take photographic evidence and keep detailed notes. If you have a joint lease, do this in conjunction with your roommates. If you have an individual lease in a multi-occupant unit, be sure to include the common spaces, and share your notes with your roommates.  You can be charged for item/trash removal if you leave anything behind; in general, vacated units should be left “broom clean.”

Communicate with Your Landlord: Let your landlord of housing manager know that you will not be returning to your unit for the foreseeable future. Ask them if they might be able to assist in removing trash or perishable food from the unit and refrigerators. Ask if they would do a sweep of the unit to ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked. Some local housing providers are even offering to ship valuables and books for their currently displaced residents. Ask them if they can set the temperature controls to a cost-saving level or turn off the system completely. Make sure your housing provider knows how to get in touch with you during this time.

Utility Services: If utilities are not provided in your lease, and no other arrangements have been made between you and your housing provider, you are obligated to keep your utilities (water/electric) turned on for the entirety of your leasing period. Be sure that you have contacted your utility providers to update them with a forwarding address and contact information. Local utility company contact information can be found here.

Forward Your Mail: Be sure to let the U.S. Post Office know where to forward your mail, and then contact all appropriate services to update your mailing address. Be sure to update this information in MyMadison as well.

Safety: If you cannot make arrangements with your housing provider to ship valuables to you, or ensure that all the windows and doors in your unit are shut and locked, see if you can arrange for a local acquaintance to check to ensure your unit is secure. If you are having difficulty finding anyone for this, reach out to us here at Off-Campus Life. Email us at OCL@jmu.edu.

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