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Judicial Council

The role of the University Judicial Council is to act as the original hearing body for cases in which a student is charged with a violation of a policy classified as “major” or “minor” under the university’s judicial procedures (for more information refer to our JMU Student Handbook). The council also acts as the original hearing body for “flexible” violations when so designated by the Office of Judicial Affairs.

  • The council shall have at least 50 members. Of the members, some shall be faculty and staff members, none of whom shall hold an administrative position higher than head of a department or academic unit. The other members shall be students selected by the Office of Judicial Affairs from the student body, exclusive of student government executive officers. The Office of Judicial Affairs may appoint additional members as needed. The council shall have some members that serve as Chairs and/or University Hearing Officers.

  • Appointment to the council shall be on an annual basis. Reappointment shall be made with consideration to the need for continuity while maintaining a system of orderly rotation.

The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for the training of the University Judicial Council.

Major Violations Board

The role of the Major Violations Board is to act as the original hearing body for cases in which a student is charged with a violation of a university policy classified as “major” under the university’s judicial procedures. The board shall also act as the original hearing body for “flexible” violations when so designated by the Office of Judicial Affairs. This board will also see cases in which the student has more than one violation in an incident or has been seen for incidents prior to the current one being adjudicated. 

  • For each hearing, a board will be composed of three student members and three faculty or staff members of the judicial council. Each board will be chaired by a nonvoting faculty or staff member of the judicial council.

  • Each appeal will be heard by a board composed of two students and two faculty or staff members of the judicial council. One of the faculty or staff members, in addition to being a voting member, will also serve as the chair.

Minor Violations Board

The role of the Minor Violations Board is to act as the original hearing body only for first-time offenders for cases in which a student is charged with a violation of a university policy classified as “minor” under the university’s judicial procedures. The board shall also act as the original hearing body for “flexible” violations when so designated by the Office of Judicial Affairs.

  • For each hearing, a board will be composed of three student members of the University Judicial Council. Each committee will be chaired by a nonvoting faculty or staff member of the judicial council.

  • Each appeal will be heard by a board composed of two students and one faculty or staff member of the judicial council. The faculty or staff member, in addition to being a voting member, will also serve as the chair.