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Act as you would in person.

Think of a Zoom meeting as any other classroom and conduct yourself as you would if all were present in the same room. This includes arriving up to 5 minutes before the start time, avoiding talking over others, and being fully present and engaged. 

Minimize distractions.

Minimizing distractions helps keep everyone focused and the meeting free from interruption. Find a quiet place and silence and put away phones, close unrelated programs on your computer, and avoid multi-tasking. If something requires your immediate attention, please turn off your audio and video as a courtesy to others.

Mute your microphone.

To help keep background noise to a minimum, make sure you mute your microphone when not speaking. A red line appears over the microphone icon when muted. Many Zoom setups include a feature that allows you to hold the space bar on your keyboard to momentarily unmute yourself. Press and hold when speaking; release to return to mute.

Use video when possible and look into the camera.

Being able to see others helps create a sense of engagement with other participants. If you use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level to avoid distorting your facial features. Looking directly into the camera instead of at your video screen also gives the appearance of eye contact with others. 

More light is better, just not from behind.

Video quality is dramatically improved with more lighting. Just make sure that the light is in front of you. Being backlit makes you harder to see.

Avoid mobile devices when possible.

Laptop or desktop computers provide a better Zoom experience than tablets or smartphones. A computer’s larger screen and steady position enhance the experience and full computers offer access to additional Zoom features and controls. 

Come prepared.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, download the application the day prior to the meeting and familiarize yourself with basic features – mute/unmute microphone and start/stop video at the very minimum.


Zoom also provides a test feature to adjust your audio and video settings before meetings. Just go to 

Zoom can be used on laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and even landline telephones, giving students many ways to access lectures, classes and meetings. We encourage the use of web cameras when available as the sense of community presence is enhanced when everyone shows their face.

Installing the desktop version of Zoom will give you the best results and functionality. Students who plan to join Zoom meetings from a mobile device should download the Zoom mobile application.


Online classes are hosted via Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Zoom offers free software that provides students many ways to access lectures and classes.

LLI provides a self-help guide to help students prepare for Zoom meetings. Video tutorials are also available online.

What is the vaccination requirement for Fall 2021?

Beginning fall semester 2021, JMU will require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to attending in-person classes, except as noted in the exemptions section below. This policy extends to all individuals participating in JMU-sponsored curricular offerings, such as Lifelong Learning.

Why is JMU requiring students to be vaccinated?

This decision was made based upon guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Having students vaccinated, along with continued preventative measures, will help ensure the health of our learning community this fall and give us the opportunity to return to many of the activities that make JMU a special place to live, work, and learn. 

How do members send documentation to Lifelong Learning?

Choose one of the following three options:

  • Send an email with attached copies of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card (front and back) to
  • Mail a copy of your vaccination record to MSC 9006, 127 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
  • Stop by our office to have a copy made from your original card for your registration file.

If you no longer have your vaccine card, you may submit an official proof of vaccination from a health department, pharmacy, or physician’s office.

Are there any exemptions to this vaccination requirement?

Yes. Exceptions will be accommodated for medical conditions, religious beliefs or in cases where individuals agree in writing to the conditions set forth in an assumption-of-risk exemption. All individuals who do not complete vaccination for any reason must complete an Assumption of Risk form, which defines the mitigation strategies that will be required of those who have not been fully vaccinated.  

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor settings.

Will students/members who are fully vaccinated need to wear a mask on campus?

Currently, students and campus guests who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask inside or outside while on campus except on public transportation and at the University Health Center. A decision on mask use in indoor spaces this coming fall, when all students return to campus and in-person learning, has not been reached. Decisions on facemask use in indoor spaces will be informed by CDC and VDH guidelines, vaccine status of the JMU community, and SARS-CoV-2 viral activity. 

How can we stay informed?

We encourage everyone – employees and students alike – to stay up to date on the latest vaccine information in Virginia by visiting the VDH's vaccine response site, or you can pre-register for the vaccine at to receive weekly updates from VDH.

Recent and future campus communications about updated safety guidelines and COVID-19 mitigation strategies can be found at:
James Madison University - Stop The Spread: Communications To Date (

Please click this link to complete the LLI COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk Waiver to participate in any and all in-person events:

Complete the COVID Form


You must also complete a Hiking/Walking Waiver before coming to campus for any in-person events:

Hiking/Walking Waiver

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