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Despite light at the end of the tunnel, JMU continues enforcing COVID-19 guidelines

Even as guidelines have adjusted to recommend three feet of distance between students in K-12 schools and a growing number of students receive vaccines, JMU continues to enforce on- and off-campus COVID-19 rules that were part of a “Stop the Spread” contract all students had to sign before returning to campus last fall.

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JMU hosts vaccination event for higher ed employees

All JMU employees — including faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student employees — and other local higher education staff members that fall under Virginia’s 1c category are eligible to receive a first round of the COVID-19 vaccine at the JMU Convocation Center on Friday morning.

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JMU honors five people with new building names

On Monday, Feb. 19, the JMU Board of Visitors voted unanimously to permanently change the names of three buildings once named for Confederate officers, closing a chapter in the school’s history and advancing toward its goal of a more inclusive, welcoming and diverse campus.

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As second pandemic semester begins, universities apply lessons learned

The second full semester of the COVID-19 era classes at EMU got off to a smoother start than the first, when several positive tests among residence hall staff resulted in a two-week postponement of move-in day. This time, on Jan. 17 EMU finished testing all 340 undergraduates who live on campus, with just one positive result, and classes began as scheduled on Jan. 19.

Area health officials plan impending initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Anticipating that the first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered locally in the next several weeks, the Virginia Department of Health is working with hospitals and healthcare associations to plan the initial distribution. According to Dr. Laura Kornegay, director of the VDH’s Central Shenandoah Health District, several criteria still must be met before people begin receiving vaccines. One is a final Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for two vaccines produced by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna

JMU moving forward with plans to resume in-person instruction Oct. 5

In a Board of Visitors meeting and press release Friday, JMU announced that is is proceeding with plans to resume in-person classes on Oct. 5, following a temporary suspension of classes for most of September.

The delivery droids have deployed at JMU

I was standing outside the Student Success Center at JMU when a little white box on wheels found me, slowly approaching with a bag of Chex Mix and a can of seltzer that I had ordered 20 minutes earlier. It gently swerved around two students walking in its path before stopping at our meeting point.

With COVID cases mounting, JMU sends students home and moves classes online for at least a month

One week into the new academic year, James Madison University has announced it will transition to online learning at the end of the week for at least the rest of September. In an email announcement sent to the university community Monday evening, the university asked all on-campus residents to return home by September 7.

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