Initial Screening

Prior to returning to campus, students are expected to complete health screening questions on the LiveSafe Mobile App. This software application pushes a screening survey to users when they enter campus through geo-fencing or through a computer logon. The user responds to questions related to body temperature, COVID-19 symptoms and any instructions they have received to self-isolate by another agency or medical professional. Based on their responses, students are either permitted to proceed to campus or are provided with instructions for follow-up that allow them to obtain assistance and maintain their health and the well-being of the community.

JMU is in the process of establishing systems to follow-up with students who do not complete the screening and to connect with students who identify as having symptoms. Student training includes information about this screening and how to seek out support if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Ongoing Screenings

Until further notice, students are expected to complete the LiveSafe app self-monitoring each day before they leave their residence halls or otherwise come to campus.


To allow for social distancing and smaller numbers of people on campus throughout the move-in process, first-year students will now move in over the course of four days: Friday, August 21 through Monday, August 24. Each student will be assigned a day and a time for their move-in appointment, which will be linked to their housing assignment.

New transfer students will be assigned a move-in time on Sunday, August 23. Continuing students will move in over the course of three days: Sunday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 25. A move-in day and time will be assigned and emailed to each resident in July.

Additional details about the move-in process and the planned on-campus orientation
program will be shared later throughout the summer via the Residence Life and Orientation

Personal Protective Equipment

All students, guests and staff assisting with move-in are required to wear a face-covering mask for the duration of the move-in process.

Non-Student Guests

Students may bring no more than two people to assist them during the move-in process. These two individuals are limited to those who can assist with the moving of items; unfortunately, “spectators” such as younger siblings or other relatives/friends are not permitted.

Returning to Campus During the School Year

To support students who are not able to travel or would prefer not to do so during times when the university is closed, the Office of Residence Life (ORL) has designated it’s six largest residence halls as locations for Thanksgiving and Spring Break housing. These include Paul Jennings, Shenandoah, Chesapeake, Chandler and Eagle Halls and the Apartments on Grace Street. These buildings are a mix of both new and returning student
housing. Students needing to stay for the Thanksgiving break should select a room in one of these halls for fall 2020. ORL will conduct a break housing sign-up process in October/November to confirm who will remain on-campus for Thanksgiving and another sign-up prior to Spring Break.

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