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James Madison University Honor Code

VII. Penalties

  1. One of the following penalties will be assessed for a student's first Honor Code violation:
    1. Reduced or failing grade on the most applicable area of student evaluation in the course (e.g., an assignment, an examination, class participation, etc.);
    2. Reduced or failing grade in the course;
      1. For a first violation, the hearing panel has the option to assign either an "F" or an "F with a transcript notation" as a penalty. If the "F with a transcript notation" option is assigned as a penalty, the registrar will adjust the student's transcript to contain an "F" and a statement that the "F" is due to an Honor Code violation. The transcript notation shall remain on the official university transcript for one year from the date the student graduates or completion of the Site Experience administered by the Office of Judicial Affairs, which ever should occur first in time.
    3. Failing grade with a transcript notation in the course and suspension for the fall or spring semester including the preceding or following summer term upon conclusion of the final disposition of the matter. A student may not receive credit for work taken at another institution during this period of suspension. A hearing body may impose suspension for a student's first violation if it finds that the student intentionally tried to obtain an academic advantage for him/herself or another student. The transcript notation shall remain on the official university transcript for one year from the date the student graduates or completion of the Site Experience administered by the Office of Judicial Affairs, which ever should occur first in time.
    4. Failing grade with a transcript notation in the course and expulsion from the university. A hearing body may impose expulsion for a student's first or second violation if it finds (i) the student intentionally tried to obtain an academic advantage for him/herself or another student, and (ii) the violation involved aggravated circumstances (e.g., violation of another university policy in conjunction with the Honor Code violation). The transcript notation shall remain on the official university transcript permanently in the case of expulsion.
      1. The maximum penalty that may be assessed under Section IV (i.e., the penalty designated by the faculty or staff member is agreed to by the student) is "F" in the course.
      2. If an "F" or "F with a transcript notation" in the course is assessed for an Honor Code violation, the student will not be permitted to retake that course on a "repeat/forgiveness" basis.
      3. If a student commits more than one Honor Code violation, the informal resolution process is not an option. The following minimum penalties will apply: the minimum penalty for a second violation will be "F with a transcript notation" in the course and suspension for a semester. The minimum penalty for a third violation will be "F with a transcript notation" in the course and expulsion.
    5. Values in Action Workshop: The option to require the student to attend the Values in Action Workshop facilitated in conjunction with the Office of Judicial Affairs is available for both formal and informal resolutions. This penalty should only be assigned in addition to another appropriate penalty unless the violation occurred outside of an enrolled class or an appropriate penalty is unavailable. This penalty is assigned based on the judgment of the professor if it is an informal violation or the judgment of the hearing board if it is a formal violation that the student will benefit from the class. If the Values in Action Workshop does not seem appropriate for the student then it should not be assigned. This penalty can only be imposed once per student.
      1. Each student assigned the Values in Action Workshop must contact the Office of Judicial Affairs within three class days of the final disposition of the matter. Failure to contact the Office of Judicial Affairs will be treated as a judicial violation and will be handled as such. The Values in Action Workshop may not be assigned to seniors in their final term of enrollment or in conjunction with the transcript notation sanction.
      2. Students must be enrolled at JMU to be eligible to participate in the Site Experience. Removal of the transcript notation will occur following the completion of the program and notification of the Honor Council Coordinator by the student. Students in their final term of enrollment or those not currently enrolled due to suspension will have the opportunity to remove the transcript notation upon the completion of 30 hours of community service, certified by the Honor Council Coordinator, if they are not eligible for the Site Experience.
      3. If these penalties are assigned to a student who has also been assigned the penalty of suspension, he or she will be required to contact the Office of Judicial Affairs upon re-enrollment during the first week of the semester back at JMU. Failure to contact the Office of Judicial Affairs will be treated as a judicial violation and will be handled as such. Any cost associated with the Values in Action Workshop shall be the responsibility of the student.