These plans will be in place from May 10, 2021 through Aug. 18, 2021.

Please note that guidance for the Fall 2021 semester is forthcoming.

The following plans will guide summer operations at James Madison University. The plans were developed utilizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). These plans may be adjusted as guidance from both the CDC and VDH changes during the summer months.


  • We will not update the COVID Stop the Spread Dashboard throughout the summer.
  • We will provide JMU Health Updates to the entire community as necessary.
  • Any questions or concerns can be sent to
Symptom Tracking:
  • We will not require members of the community to complete the LiveSafe process before coming to campus each day.
  • We strongly encourage all members of the community to regularly check their symptoms and get tested, either on or off campus, if they have any COVID symptoms.


  • The University Health Center will continue to offer testing to the JMU community Monday through Thursday throughout the summer.
  • Tests will be administered by appointment through the UHC website.

Face Masks:

  • Masks are to be worn indoors in all public and classroom settings.
  • Members of the community who are vaccinated do not have to wear masks while outside unless they are in a crowded setting or venue.
  • Mask wearing in offices/meetings:
    • In campus offices that are not open to the public and where all staff members are vaccinated, you can choose not to wear masks while in your office(s) and while interacting with staff members in your office(s).
    • If there are members of your office/meeting who are not vaccinated, or if it cannot be determined if everyone is vaccinated, all staff members and guests should wear masks.
    • All offices that are open to the public should continue to have their employees wear masks at all times, as we do not know the vaccination status of guests arriving at service windows or entering the office.
    • It is not appropriate to ask anyone about their vaccination status to avoid having to wear masks in an office/meeting.

Physical Distancing:

  • All in-person public and classroom settings will have 3 feet of distance between participants not from the same household.
  • All public transportation should utilize 3 feet of distance between passengers.


  • This program will be hosted this summer with both in-person and virtual options for students and their families.
  • All aspects of the program, except for meals, will utilize a 3-feet distance requirement with face mask use expected.

Summer Conferences and Camps:

  • Policies for the summer conference season will follow the current Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order governing their operations.
    • Current expectations for overnight camps include:
      • Participants providing a negative COVID test to the camp or proof of vaccination – standard is a negative test from within 72 hours of arrival
      • Mask wearing unless eating or in your room
      • Creation of cohorts for larger groups to limit contact with larger numbers of participants
    • Quarantine and isolation processes will be established for all camps.
  • Youth Programs – guidance can be found here


  • Remain available at local venues
Vaccine Requirement:
  • Certain activities and programs may expect students to have had the vaccine to participate fully. This will be managed and communicated on a case-by-case basis.

Don’t forget, many of your questions can be answered here. The university will continue to answer pandemic-related questions sent to

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