|What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?
||The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated. Read more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
|What precautions are being taken by Center staff to protect students?
||To protect the safety and well-being of our students and staff, James Madison University and the International Study Center have moved to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Read the most up-to-date information from James Madison University about coronavirus.
In-person access to University facilities and services is extremely limited. On-campus residents will need to move out by March 29 or apply to stay. Center staff are working closely with current students to ensure accommodations are secure.
We are carefully following the advice of the US government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to ensure the health of our whole US community, including all our students and staff.
See the US government’s advice:
All our staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell, and staff are ensuring students adhere to hygiene recommendations. Our teams on each campus are trained to manage any health concerns or illness. These teams are available to support all students if they are worried about their own health or if they have any other concerns related to coronavirus.
|Are Center staff at James Madison University testing students for signs of infection?
||No, we are not testing students and have no plans to do so unless advised to by US government officials.
|Can students wear face masks?
||The World Health Organization has said that there is no public health requirement or recommendation to use face masks. However if students wish to wear face masks they are welcome to do so.
|What can students do to protect themselves against infection?
||Our staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.
|What healthcare arrangements are in place if a student becomes ill?
||Students often fall ill with everyday colds, coughs and infections – and our staff are well trained to look after any student that is feeling unwell. Given the current situation, staff are being extra vigilant.
Please be assured that the US government is well prepared and has put in place infection control measures, and the hospital system is well prepared to manage any further cases should they occur.
If a student falls ill with symptoms that could be coronavirus, they will receive urgent medical attention and will be tested by medical professionals. If the virus is diagnosed, then they will be taken to the nearest appropriate medical facility.
|I am worried about my health – do I have to come to campus?
||James Madison University has moved all classes to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.
In-person access to University facilities and services is extremely limited to protect the health and well-being of all students and staff. Read the University’s information on COVID-19.
We are carefully following the advice of the US government to ensure the health of our students and staff.
Please contact Center staff or email email@example.com for assistance if you have further questions.
|Who should I contact with any other questions?
||If you/your child are/is due to begin studies with us soon and you have an urgent inquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. To help us provide the information that you need quickly, please include your student ID and James Madison University International Study Center in the subject of your email.
For inquiries related to students who are already at James Madison University, please contact Center Staff. Alternatively, please contact email@example.com for assistance.