Students living on campus are responsible for complying with university policies regarding public health in all areas of campus. Students who do not comply with these requirements will not be given access to spaces and will be asked to leave. If a student refuses to comply, campus police will be contacted for support, as needed, and the case will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.

Student Expectations

Students who live on-campus are expected to be active participants in maintaining the health of the JMU community. Their responsibilities related to on-campus housing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings, whenever students are not in their assigned bedroom. This includes community bathrooms unless showering, shaving or brushing their teeth.
  • Physical distancing whenever possible. This includes around sinks and urinal areas in community bathrooms.
  • Compliance with quarantine and isolation protocols, if necessary, as prescribed by the University Health Center and Residence Life and detailed in section C.2. of this document.

All students should bring the following items with them this fall:

  • Several washable and reusable face coverings
  • A thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Shower caddy

Building Access

All residence halls have card-accessible exterior entrance doors. Students have 24-hour card access into their residence hall when school is in session. Residence hall access is limited to those who live in the building.

Each student living in a residence hall will be issued a room key; some will be issued a suite combination. A student may not lend room keys or suite combinations to any other person.

Common Areas

Within residence halls, furniture in common spaces will be reconfigured or removed to ensure appropriate physical distancing is possible. Signage has been placed to indicate maximum occupancy, which keeps a 50% maximum occupancy in these spaces. Cleaning efforts will be increased throughout all common spaces in the residence halls.

Enhanced Cleaning of Residence Halls

All areas within residence halls will undergo additional cleaning protocols this fall. They include:

  • High-touch point areas such as door handles will be cleaned at an increased frequency.
  • Community bathrooms will be cleaned twice per weekday and once per weekend day.
  • Students with private and semi-private bathrooms will be provided with appropriate cleaning supplies and guidance for proper maintenance of their space.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed near the entrance of each residence hall.
  • A full decontamination protocol will be enacted should a student become ill with COVID-19.

Residence Hall Programming Opportunities

While providing opportunities for students to create community and build relationships is a top priority, only adjusted in-person and virtual programming will be offered in the residence halls this fall. Programming will be adjusted as CDC recommendations change.

Restrictions on Social Events

Activities within residence halls will be restricted in accordance with Executive Orders regarding meetings. While many events will be virtual, in-person meetings will not exceed 50% of a room’s capacity, with individuals maintaining appropriate physical distancing requirements and wearing masks. The set-up of chairs and tables within rooms will also be modified to support physical distancing.

Training for RAs

The over 200 Resident Advisers that live and work in the JMU residence halls undergo training annually. Education this year includes training specifically related to COVID-19.

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