Course Syllabus


Throughout this year, we promise to:

  • Serve as your main resource on campus while teaching you to be independent and responsible
  • Teach you how to navigate academic policies/ procedures
  • Create an open, respectful, and supportive environment for all humans
  • Assist you in defining, developing and following realistic academic goals
  • Assist you in identifying/ selecting an appropriate major
  • Inform you about academic policies and procedures
  • Identify your special interests and/or needs and refer you to appropriate resources

In addition, here is what we expect from you:

  • Focus on your role as a student: hold yourself accountable for academic rigor – this is your education
  • Be responsible for your decisions, choices, and actions
  • Seek advice, information, resources, and support - be proactive!
  • Know and fulfill your degree, major and general education requirements
  • Choose a major and career path intentionally
  • Use MyMadison, Canvas, and the JMU website for academic planning and resources


Honor Code

Upon accepting admission to James Madison University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor Code.  You can learn more about the JMU Honor Code at  Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the JMU community from the requirements or processes of the Honor Code system.


Attendance and Inclement Weather


Take personal responsibility for commitments you make – including scheduled meetings. You can reschedule or cancel appointments in Acuity up to 12 hours in advance; closer than that, please email to let us know. Any student who has late-cancelled or "no-shown" to two appointments in one semester will have their scheduling privileges revoked for the remainder of that academic year. These students are still welcome to come for advising during drop-in hours. 

University Closings or Delays

To check for winter weather delays or closings, visit or call the JMU Weather Line at 540-433-5300.  If the University is closed, advising appointments will need to be rescheduled. If there is a delay, early advising appointments will need to be rescheduled, and later appointments will be held as scheduled once the University opens.


Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Title IX

James Madison University is committed to fostering a safe, productive learning environment free of sex and gender-based discrimination. Title IX and our university policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Sexual and gender-based misconduct – including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking – is also prohibited at JMU.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual or gender based harassment, violence, or misconduct, you can find resources listed at this link, including both campus and off-campus support services.

The university community encourages anyone experiencing sexual or gender-based harassment, violence or misconduct to talk to someone about what happened so that they can get the support they need and our university can respond appropriately 

Current university policy requires that all faculty report any student’s personal disclosures of an experience of sexual or gender-based harassment, violence, or misconduct while at JMU [disclosures in written assignments are exempted]. While I will provide you with information and resources for confidential counseling and support, by law I must also inform JMU’s Title IX Officer to ensure that your safety and well being are being fully addressed, even if you request that your disclosure not be shared. In doing so, the university will be able to provide you with academic support you require for a safe learning environment. Click here to learn more about Title IX.

If you wish to speak confidentially about an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact the Counseling Center at 568-6552.

Course Summary:

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