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James Madison College is a residential learning community dedicated to innovative and inclusive undergraduate teaching, research and engagement with public affairs, both domestic and global, across multiple fields of study. JMC nurtures a living-learning environment that promotes exchange and collaboration between students, faculty, staff and the broader MSU community. Our community fosters diverse perspectives and critical thinking, empowering students to pursue equity and justice through public service and participation in civic life.  

Community Norms and Values

As a residential college designed to cultivate learning, belonging and human relationships, we promote a community based on the practice of these core values: 

Integrity: building trust, honesty, mutual respect, reliability and ethical behavior 

Diversity: ensuring compassion, empathy and the value of (respect for) difference 

Equity and Justice: creating an environment in which equity and fairness are prioritized; promoting and valuing the wellness of all persons 

Accountability: being willing to reflect upon as well as take responsibility for one’s actions and behaviors in ways that are guided by community norms and values 

Shared governance: collectively enhancing the inclusion of all community members in transparent decision making and knowledge related to the college 

Pursuit of knowledge: valuing intellectual growth and acquisition of knowledge 

Engagement: participating in service efforts related to the betterment of communities locally and around the world 

Statement of Learning Principles

As Madisonians, we affirm the necessity of compassion, conscientiousness and curiosity in our community. We acknowledge our academic and moral responsibility to always seek to learn from one another, approaching our scholarly endeavors with respect and humility. We understand that this process can be uncomfortable, and that it often requires challenging closely held beliefs. Nevertheless, we strive to always participate in discussions in good faith and to build a community conducive to the intellectual growth of all.