Do you own property in Harrisonburg? Curious about what we can do to help you? Here you will find information about advertising with OCL, housing fairs, and JMU solicitation policies.

Advertising with Off Campus Life

There are a few different options that you can take to advertise properties through the Off Campus Life office.

  • List the property on our partner site, Off Campus Housing. This option does have a $75 fee attached to it, but it could be well worth it to advertise somewhere that is tied to our office. Click here to access the site. From there, click on the Add/Manage Listings tab to begin posting your property.
  • Send a description of the available property to us, via email, and we can include it in our files for students to look at. This option is free, but we do not specifically advertise or promote just your property. It is placed with the other advertisements and available properties, but it is still available to students who are interested.
  • Attend our Housing Fairs. We usually have two fairs during the first semester.  If you are interested in attending this, please go to our Housing Fair Regristration page.

JMU Solicitation Policies

JMU Solicitation Policies

The following policies have been set forth and approved by James Madison University. Off Campus Life, an extension of James Madison University, is required to comply with all polices of the University. Therefore, we will uphold and enforce the following policies fairly and equally among all partner properties we work with. Off Campus Life will not endorse or sponsor one property over another, therefore we cannot support advertising on campus outside of our sponsored events in which registration is required. Please read the following policies for more information.

Policy #3104

Use of Bulletin Boards & Posting Public Notices

Date of Current Revision: March 2008

Responsible Office: University Unions

6.3 Solicitation

University facilities may not be used for solicitation of faculty, staff, or students by private enterprise for profit organizations, except for solicitations for instructional materials as permitted by the Student Handbook. This includes solicitation by individual contact, free advertising on campus through flyers, posters, or similar materials, and profit-oriented activities not officially sanctioned by the university.

J36-100 Soliciting, Petitioning, Selling, Surveying and Publicizing

  • J36-101.2

    No student, non-university-related organizations or individuals may sell or solicit on the campus for any purpose whatsoever without first obtaining the sponsorship of a recognized student organization. The sponsoring organization must obtain the written approval of the coordinator of student organization development, make all arrangements for space, acknowledge sponsorship in writing and delineate the financial arrangements between the sponsor and the non-university organization or individual.

  • J36-101.3

    Sales or solicitation involving food items require additional approval by the director of the dining services department. Sales or solicitation of merchandise require additional approval by the director of the university bookstore.


Soliciting, petitioning, selling, surveying, publicizing and distribution by students, university organizations, non-students and non-university related organizations are prohibited in the residence halls. Programs or demonstrations of approved products and/or topics may be presented in residence halls only under the following conditions:

  • J36-103.1

    The community council agrees to sponsor the program. Approval by a recorded majority vote of the community council shall constitute legitimate sponsorship, subject to the review and approval of the director of residence life.

  • J36-103.2

    Presentations by the sponsored persons or company shall be limited to demonstration or display of merchandise and appropriate promotion; it may not include solicitation or orders, signing of contracts, or exchange of money. The demonstration or promotion shall be such that it does not unreasonably disrupt other hall activities.

  • J36-103.3

    Solicitors may leave calling cards, catalogs or order blanks with students but may not transact business or seek promises for future transactions.

  • J36-103.4

    A member of the residence hall staff must be present to observe the program.

  • J36-103.5

    No resident of the hall, community council member or member of the hall staff may profit from presentation by virtue of his or her role in securing sponsorship for the solicitor. Free gifts, commissions or any other forms of remuneration are not allowed.

  • J36-103.6

    Door prizes, discounts or any other form of free gifts used to promote attendance or to encourage interest must be available to all on an equal basis.

  • J36-103.7

    No door-to-door solicitation or distribution is permitted.

  • J36-103.8

    All programs falling under the definition of this policy must be registered in advance with the director of residence life or his/her designee.


Posters, notices, announcements or other materials may only be displayed on general-purpose bulletin boards inside authorized university-operated buildings or on authorized university property. The director of the University Unions will define the authorized areas of display for such material. The exterior of academic and administrative buildings as well as all windows, doors and trash receptacles are specifically unauthorized display areas. Materials must be approved by University Information before being posted. Materials with dimensions exceeding 11 inches by 17 inches will not be approved for posting. Refer to the “University Unions” section for more information. Items posted in the residence hall must be submitted to the associate director of residence life in Huffman Hall for a second review. Approval for posting and posting guidelines will be determined and outlined by the associate director.


Using chalk to display messages or advertise events on campus may only be done on university sidewalks in pre-approved locations. All chalk messages or advertisements are prohibited without appropriate authorization from University Information.

Advertising Off-Campus Housing to Students

Do you own property in Harrisonburg?  Curious about what we can do to help you advertise to students needing off-campus housing?  Here you will find information about ways to advertise through the Off-Campus Life office while abiding by JMU solicitation policies.