JMU announces plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

JMU announces plans for in-person fall 2021 semester
James Madison University campus. (Source: WHSV)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — In a letter to the students and community of James Madison University (JMU), President Jonathan Alger announced the university’s plans to hold the Fall 2021 semester in-person.

The letter says given the trends of declines in positivity rates and increases in the availability and distribution of vaccines, the university also anticipates restrictions for public gatherings and physical distancing will gradually continue to be lifted.

“Whether it’s football games or other athletic events, whether it’s events and activities at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, other cultural activities, these are so important to the life, not just of the campus, but to our entire community,” Alger said.

The letter says students can choose from classes being planned for the fall when registration begins on April 19. The letter says based on the latest health and safety information, no changes in the class delivery mode or location shown at the time of registration and the state of the fall semester are anticipated.

“As long as we continue to have that mindset that we are all in this together. It’s all of our responsibility to protect the community. That includes on campus as well as off campus. Then, I think we’re gonna be in a very good place,” Alger said.

While the university hopes for “more of a pre-pandemic classroom and campus experience,” Alger says in the letter the university fully anticipates health precautions, such as isolation space and testing and masks in certain situations, to remain in place for the fall semester.

To read the full letter from JMU, click here.

Copyright 2021 WHSV. All rights reserved.