(last updated on March 21, 2020, 10:00 AM)

For the most up-to-date information on operational changes to the entire university, please visit JMU's COVID-19 Information Website.

After significant consultation with Provost Coltman and Senior Leadership from across the institution including college deans, James Madison University will suspend all scholarly activities that require presence at university facilities, inclusive of faculty, staff, and student activities in all JMU offices, studios, laboratories, clinics, and other creative spaces. This transition to fully remote operation will occur during the week of March 23rd, and will follow a timeline communicated to faculty by their college leadership. The Office of Research and Scholarship is working closely with deans, academic heads, and Risk Management to plan and facilitate this suspension of research and teaching activities in our on-campus facilities. This challenging but necessary step ensures maximization of the social distancing practice required to reduce disease transmission.

University Leadership recognizes the importance of scholarly activities to the vitality of James Madison University as well as the professional identity of faculty. At this time, this is the responsible approach. Only designated personnel, determined by college deans in consultation with Academic Affairs leadership, will be permitted occasional access to facilities for critical asset maintenance activities. Academic Affairs is committed to preserving assets critical to the continuity of your work once this situation improves.

During this period of remote work, we encourage continued scholarly activity, as faculty are able. Student researchers should contact and discuss the impact of these developments with their research advisors. Expectations and adaptations for course required research and laboratories during the remote learning period will be communicated to students by the college deans, academic unit heads, and course faculty.

The ORS offices will remain accessible electronically to encourage and support your scholarly activities. Should any questions, concerns, or challenges related to your research arise, please contact the office by e-mail at research@jmu.edu.

Please note these additional significant changes to university operations: All student coursework will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. On-campus residences are closing and students are urged not to return to off-campus housing. All events on campus are cancelled through May 15. As JMU continues to follow recommendations from public health officials, in particular social distancing guidelines, please be aware that campus operations are being carried out by a limited number of staff at this time.

Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this unprecedented and evolving situation.



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