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ParentsÕ Top 10 What’s your favorite thing about JMU? Here is your chance to tell a prospective JMU parent what you like best about the Madison Experience. Tell the Madison Family Connection staff what you enjoy doing with your stu-dent on campus or what a new parent should not miss. Parents’ Top 10 list of favorite JMU things will be published in the Fall e-newsletter. Submit your Top 10 to kitetl@jmu.edu . Madison Advising Peers resource Helping students with a variety of advising questions The Madison Advising Peers (MAPs) in University Advising are eight undergraduate students who have met strict academic performance standards and have gone through an intensive training program with Dr. Herb Amato, associate dean in university studies, Anna Lynn Bell, director of university advising and other pre-professional program advisors. The MAPs can help with a variety of general advising questions about General Education requirements, utilization of MyMadison, degree requirements, registering for classes, the process of declaring/changing majors/minors/pre-professional programs and other advising topics. They are restricted from advising students about major requirements; however, they can help students with questions and documents in preparation for meeting with faculty advisors in the major. Peer advisors are available to meet with undergraduate students throughout the academic year in Wilson Hall, room 102, during the following hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/advising/peers.shtml. University Advising Wilson Hall, Room 102 (540) 568-7350 M Where to look To find information about: n Internships. Visit the Career and Academic Plan-ning Web site at www.jmu. edu/cap/resource_center/ internship_websites.htm . n Student employment opportunities. Visit the Student Work Experience Center’s Web site at www. jmu.edu/stuemploy/find-job.shtml. Service opportunities. Visit JMU’s Community Ser-vice Learning Web site at www.jmu.edu/csl/ . Addi-tional opportunities may be found at www.volun-teermatch.org / and www. thesca.org . Test prep and admission. Visit the Center for Profes-sional Development Web site at www.jmu.edu/cpd/ kaplan.shtml . n n 3 FA M I LY C ON N E C T ION

Encouraging Students

Off-campus adjudication<br /> <br /> As the end of the semester approaches and students prepare for summer break, it is important to remember that regardless of whether your student is enrolled in summer classes or not, she or he remains a member of the JMU community.<br /> <br /> If your student will be spending any time in the Harrisonburg or Rockingham County area during the break, it is important to know that the off-campus adjudication policy will still be in effect. This policy covers alcohol, drug and felony convictions that occur in Rockingham County or the City of Harrisonburg, and any other Behaviors that negatively affects the educational mission of the university. This is a separate process from the criminal system and could result in additional educational programs and probation at the university.<br /> <br /> If a student is charged with a violation of university policy during the summer, an e-mail will be sent to the student’s JMU e-mail address with information about how to schedule a judicial hearing.<br /> <br /> In addition, parents of students under the age of 21 will be notified by letter after the first alcohol and/or drug violation and any subsequent violation thereafter. Cases that may involve parental notification include Those where students’ cases have been adjudicated on-campus and the student has been found responsible or when a student is arrested or received a citation off-campus for an alcohol and/or drug charge.<br /> <br /> JMU encourages all students to be good citizens and to obey all local and state laws wherever they reside this summer. Remember, all community standards and judicial processes can be found in JMU’s student handbook available at www.jmu.edu/judicial/handbook. If you need more information, call (540) 568-6218.<br /> <br /> Off–Campus Housing considerations<br /> <br /> The housing decision<br /> <br /> Making the decision to live off campus is not easy. Talk with your student about the off-campus option. You might want to help him or her make a list of the pros and cons and then make your decision together. Living on-campus assures parents that maintenance concerns will be addressed in a timely manner, security is in place in the form of fire alarm systems and campus security patrols, and there is a staff person available 24 hours a day in case of emergency.<br /> <br /> When moving off-campus, students will want to consider the following:<br /> <br /> Is the landlord local? If not, is there someone oncall in case of an emergency?<br /> <br /> What is the rent? How is that collected?<br /> <br /> Are there city policies that limit the number of people who can live in an apartment?<br /> <br /> How will the costs for rent, food and transportation compare with those related to living on campus?<br /> <br /> What safety features does the apartment include? Deadbolts? Smoke detectors? Fire escapes? Carbon monoxide detectors?<br /> <br /> Once all options are considered, and the decision is made to move off-campus, make sure you and your student.... n Read the lease thoroughly. Get any questions answered before your student signs it.<br /> <br /> Talk with the Off Campus Life office regarding the relationship with the landlord n Inspect the apartment. Encourage your student to document the condition of it with a video camera so it is clear what it looked like when he or she moved in and when he or she moves out.<br /> <br /> Be clear on who is responsible for repairs, utilities, etc. <br /> <br /> Get contact information for the landlord, so in case there are problems he or she will know how to get in touch with this individual.<br /> <br />

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