These plans are effective as of May 19, 2021.

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

These plans were developed using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Executive Orders from Governor Northam to guide summer operations at James Madison University. These plans will be further adjusted next week as we receive additional guidance from the governor about changes that will take effect May 28.


  • We will not update the COVID-19 Stop the Spread Dashboard throughout the summer.
  • We will provide JMU Health Updates to the entire community as necessary.
  • Any general COVID-19 questions or concerns can be sent to
  • Any questions or concerns related to academics 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-19 symptoms.


  • The University Health Center will continue to offer testing to the JMU community Monday-Thursday throughout the summer.
  • Tests will be administered by appointment only, which can be set up through the UHC website or by calling 540-568-6178 to schedule.

Face Masks:

  • Individuals who are vaccinated:
    • Do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except on public transit, in health care facilities and in congregate settings
    • May choose to wear a mask at any time or in any location
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated:
    • Are encouraged to get a vaccine, as they are readily available to anyone over 12 years of age; vaccines in your area can be found here
    • Are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor settings
    • Should adhere to all reasonable mitigation strategies
  • Those who find themselves uncomfortable in a given setting should practice personal preventative strategies.

Physical Distancing:

  • Please maintain 3 feet of distance in all indoor settings.


  • Summer sessions will be hosted with both in-person and virtual options for students and their families.
  • This program will follow all guidelines noted in this plan and any subsequent updates.

Summer Conferences and Camps:

  • Policies for the summer conference season will follow current Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Orders governing their operations.


  • Individuals are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine; they are available at local venues.
  • Individuals should not ask other individuals if they are vaccinated.

Vaccine Requirement:

  • Certain activities, venues and programs may expect students to be vaccinated to participate fully; these 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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