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Sanctions


Any student found responsible for violating any of the regulations or policies of JMU may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions. To see guidelines for the assignment of sanctions, please visit the Student Handbook - Judicial Sanction section.

Disciplinary Probation

The university reserves the right to impose a more severe sanction if the student is found responsible for violating an additional university policy. Probation shall be for a specified period of time, for a minimum of one semester. During the specified period of time, the student would have a university disciplinary record.

Substance Education

By the Numbers
This two-hour program examines the reason for the establishment of community standards. An overview of VA laws and university policies is given. Students discuss personal values, community resources, and risk-reduction strategies for avoiding negative consequences of alcohol use. This short course was designed for minor alcohol violations. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Calling the Shots
This three-week program guides students towards making future decisions more consistent with their values and in compliance with the law. Harrisonburg and/or JMU police participate in this program to answer students' questions and address risk-reduction strategies. This program was designed for students who violated alcohol policy. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

BASICS
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.  The BASICS program is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks that may result from alcohol use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students. It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of alcohol use, behavior, and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future alcohol-related negative consequences. BASICS is not an addiction treatment program. Referral to appropriate community resources is available. There is a $50.00 program fee for BASICS.  The fee is paid in two installments, $25 immediately following each session.

BASICS II
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates BASICS II - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (Level II). BASICS II is appropriate when a student has previously participated in BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) either as a judicial or other mandated referral. Comprised of two 50-minute sessions, BASICS II provides personalized feedback by examining the ongoing consequences of alcohol use and current or previous action plans to reduce alcohol-related risk.  BASICS II is not therapy or substance abuse treatment.  There is a $50.00 program fee for BASICS II.  The fee is paid in two installments, $25 immediately following each session.

High Expectations
The University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Office coordinates High Expectations. High Expectations is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks associated with marijuana and other drug use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students. It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of drug use, behavior, and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future drug-related negative consequences. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

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Civic Education

Mentor Experience
This program is used for students who have violated university policy and lack a personal understanding of their mission, values, and goals. Through participation in one-on-one meetings with a faculty, staff, or graduate student mentor, students develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust. The Mentor Experience includes attendance at 8, 10, 12, or 15 weekly mentor meetings and submission of a final reflection paper.

Site Experience                
This program is used for students who have violated university policy and have a lack of connection with the university community. Through participation in 30 site hours, students make a connection with the university and recognize the impact they have on the community. The Site Experience includes attendance at reflection group meetings and submission of a final reflection paper.

Values in Action
This two-week program encourages participants to explore their personal values, act with integrity, and practice ethical decision-making.  In addition, students are challenged to set personal goals for increased positive community engagement.  This program was designed for students whose actions in a particular incident may not have been in line with their personal values or the values of the institution. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

Conversations about Conflict 
A 2-week, 4 hour program (2 hours per week), with a 1- hour follow up meeting.  It is meant for students to reflect on how they deal with conflict in their relationships with friends, roommates, family members, professors, university staff, strangers, and even themselves.  Through this class, students will be given the opportunity to assess their own conflict style, discuss how their community is impacted by conflict, and develop skills for future engagement in conflict.  Upon completion of the class students submit a reflection paper and participate in a follow-up discussion. A $50 fee will be due upon completion of the program and receipt of invoice.

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Restitution

Reimbursement by the student to the university or a member of the university community shall cover the cost of damage or loss of community or personal property.

Special Assignments/Restrictions

In certain cases, special assignments, loss of privileges or loss of eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities may be imposed. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • The hearing officer or judicial council may mandate “No direct or indirect contact” with the victim(s) of the violation(s). This includes but is not limited to contact in person or through electronic means or a third party. Violation of this sanction will result in an additional charge of “Failure to Comply with a Disciplinary Decision.” Repeated violations of university policy may result in suspension.
  • The hearing officer or judicial council may choose to remove a students' parking privileges for a specified period of time.
  • University departments may consider judicial history for the purpose of university employment or for admissions into supplemental learning opportunities, such as studies abroad.

Other Sanctions

Anger Management

Students are referred to the Counseling and Student Development Center for this program. For more information, please visit the CSDC: Anger Management Certificate Program webpage.

CSDC Administrative Request

Students are referred to the Counseling and Student Development Center for 2 intake appointments with the Associate Director or her designee.  This is not sanctioning counseling, but only asking the student to work with CSDC for appointments to see if it could be helpful in the future.

Suspension from University Housing

The student loses the privilege of living in or visiting anyone in university housing for a specified length of time. Afterward, the student is allowed to reapply for university housing, provided there is space available.

Expulsion from University Housing

The student permanently loses the privilege of living in or visiting anyone in university housing.

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Suspension

The student is dismissed from JMU for a specified length of time, after which he or she is allowed to return to the university. A suspended student may not visit the campus without the permission of the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the student does come to the campus, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing.

Expulsion

The student loses the privilege of attending JMU as a student and is permanently separated from the university. A student who is expelled may not visit the campus without the permission of the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the student does come to the campus, s/he will be subject to arrest for trespassing.

Fines

Fines shall be no less than $15 and no greater than $100, depending on the severity of the infraction. All payments are to be made to the University Business Office in Warren Hall upon receipt of invoice.

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Range of Sanctions Assigned

The Office of Judicial Affairs, the University Judicial Council or the University Hearing Officer may assign any sanction or sanctions listed in the Types of Sanctions section of the student handbook.
A minor violation board or student judicial coordinator may only assign any of the following sanctions:
Disciplinary probation
Substance Education programs 
By the Numbers
Calling the Shots
BASICS
High Expectations
Civic Education programs 
Mentor Experience
Site Experience
Values in Action
Conflict Skills
Restitution
Special assignments
Fines

The Office of Judicial Affairs, the University Judicial Council or the University Hearing Officer may assign any sanction or sanctions listed in the Types of Sanctions section of the student handbook.

A minor violation board or student judicial coordinator may only assign any of the following sanctions:

  • Disciplinary probation
  • Substance Education programs
    • By the Numbers
    • Calling the Shots
    • BASICS
    • High Expectations
  • Civic Education programs
    • Mentor Experience
    • Site Experience
    • Values in Action
    • Conversations about Conflict
  • Restitution
  • Special assignments
  • Fines
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