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Standards & Policies

Student Standards of Conduct

James Madison University is a community of diverse individuals who have come together for the purpose of education. As with any community, the university must establish guidelines for behavior, which will produce the type of environment necessary to best achieve its mission.

  • JMU reserves the right to develop and implement new rules, guidelines and student standards of conduct not presently included in this document.

  • It is the responsibility of the university to make a reasonable attempt to inform the student body of any change in or addition to the current policies and regulations.

  • Each student is expected to comply with university policies as they pertain to student conduct. A student who violates state laws, county laws or city ordinances is subject to prosecution and university disciplinary action.

  • James Madison University reserves the right to hold students accountable for certain types of off-campus behavior.  Disciplinary action will result if a student’s behavior compromises the educational atmosphere or mission of the institution.  Examples of such off-campus behavior would include, but not be limited to, crimes of violence, sexual assault and/or alcohol or drug violations, as determined by the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Judicial Policies


Alcohol

J38-101 Alcohol Policies

J38-101.1 Individuals must be 21 years of age to buy, possess or drink alcoholic beverages.

J38-101.2 Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or furnished to any person who at the time of sale or exchange is underage or visibly under the influence of alcohol.

J38-101.3 Falsely representing one's age for the purpose of purchasing or possessing alcohol is against university standards of conduct.

J38-101.4 Drunkenness and/or possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited in public areas as defined by state and local laws/ordinances or University policy.

J38-101.5 Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed, distributed or consumed at events open to the general university community and held on university property except when specific written approval has been obtained for the event in advance. Sponsors are responsible for assuring that all persons in attendance at an event comply with state alcohol law and university alcohol policy.

J38-101.6 Kegs, party balls or other large containers with alcohol are prohibited on campus unless previously approved by JMU Special Events and Catering Services. All kegs and other alcohol containers on or off campus must comply with Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control rules and regulations.

J38-101.7 Students shall not misuse or abuse alcohol regardless of their age. This includes but is not limited to; driving under the influence, providing alcohol to those underage, or consuming alcohol to the point of hospitalization.

See also Alcohol/Drug Strategies & Resources.

Bicycle

J1-100 Bicycle Policies

J1-101 Where to Ride

J1-103 Passing

J1-104 Accidents

J1-106 Public Safety Responsibility & Safety Considerations

J1-107 Prohibited Areas for Bicycle Riding

J1-108 Registration

J1-109 Storage

J1-101 Where to Ride

Bicyclists should ride as close as possible to the right edge of the roadway. Bicyclists have the right to occupy the entire lane when they are overtaking and passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, avoiding unsafe conditions, or the lane width is too narrow to share with a motor vehicle. When a usable bicycle path is located next to a roadway and local ordinance requires its use.

Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks unless prohibited by local ordinance or traffic control devices. While on the sidewalks, bicyclists must always yield the right of way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian. Bicyclists must yield the right of way to pedestrians or vehicles when pulling onto a sidewalk or highway from a driveway. When approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from the rear, cyclists should remember they most likely will not be heard.

Bicyclists must not ride between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction unless one lane is a separate or mandatory turn lane. Bicyclists should ride single file on highways. Bicyclists may ride two or more abreast on paths or parts of highways designated exclusively for bicycle use if space allows.

Bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from interstates and certain other controlled-access highways. The restricted sections of the highways are marked with conspicuous signs.

J1-106.1 Use of a helmet is strongly recommended. (Formerly J110.1)

J1-106.2 Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs, signals, lights and markings as if operating a motor vehicle.

J1-106.3 Bicyclists must signal intentions to stop or turn. (Formerly J1-102)

J1-106.4 Bicyclists should be predictable and ride in a straight line. (Formerly J110.4)

J1-106.5 According to Virginia law, every bicycle ridden between sunset and sunrise must have a white light on its front with the light being visible at least 500 feet to the front. The bicycle must also have a red reflector on the rear, visible 300 feet to the rear. A red light visible 500 feet to the rear may be used in place of or in addition to the red reflector. (Formerly J105.5)

J1-106.6 Bicyclists should use bright colors, lights, and reflective material to be noticed while riding. (Formerly J110.8)

J1-106.7 A person riding on a bicycle must not attach himself/herself or his/her bicycle to any other vehicle on the roadway. (Formerly J105.3)

J1-106.8 No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped. (Formerly J105.1)

J1-106.9 Do not carry articles which prevent the operator of the bicycle from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. (Formerly J105.2)

J1-106.10 According to Virginia law, earphones are prohibited while riding a bicycle. (Formerly J105.4)

J1-103 Passing

Bicyclists should overtake and pass another vehicle only when it is safe to do so. Bicyclists may pass another vehicle on the right or left, and they may stay in the same lane, change lanes or ride off the road if necessary for safe passing. Note that passing motor vehicles on the right side may be extremely dangerous if the motorist does not see the bicyclist and attempts a right turn. According to Virginia Law, motorists must approach and pass a bicyclist at a distance of three feet and a reasonable speed.

J1-104 Accidents

Bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, or pedestrians must stop when involved in an accident and make a report. Report accidents involving death, injury or property damage to university police. All persons involved in the accident must give their names and addresses to the police and to any person involved in the accident or the property owner. If unattended property is damaged, the bicyclist must make a reasonable effort to find the owner and give his/her name to the owner. If the owner cannot be located, leave a note in a conspicuous place at the accident site and report the accident to the police within 24 hours.

J1-106 Public Safety Responsibility & Safety Considerations

According to Virginia Law, bicyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of motorized vehicles. It is the responsibility of public safety officials to maintain a safe campus environment through enforcement of those provisions. Where breaches in safe operation of bicycles arise, public safety personnel may refer a student to the university judicial system and a student may be charged with a violation of the Dangerous Practices policy.

Motor vehicle operators should remember that a bicycle is a vehicle with the same rights as an automobile. Before opening doors, check for passing bicyclists. Do not overtake a bicyclist and then make a right turn in front of the bike. Give riders at least three feet of leeway at all times. Always signal intentions, especially when turning to the right.

J1-106.1 Use of a helmet is strongly recommended. (Formerly J110.1)

J1-106.2 Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs, signals, lights and markings as if operating a motor vehicle.

J1-106.3 Bicyclists must signal intentions to stop or turn. (Formerly J1-102)

J1-106.4 Bicyclists should be predictable and ride in a straight line. (Formerly J110.4)

J1-106.5 According to Virginia law, every bicycle ridden between sunset and sunrise must have a white light on its front with the light being visible at least 500 feet to the front. The bicycle must also have a red reflector on the rear, visible 300 feet to the rear. A red light visible 500 feet to the rear may be used in place of or in addition to the red reflector. (Formerly J105.5)

J1-106.6 Bicyclists should use bright colors, lights, and reflective material to be noticed while riding. (Formerly J110.8)

J1-106.7 A person riding on a bicycle must not attach himself/herself or his/her bicycle to any other vehicle on the roadway. (Formerly J105.3)

J1-106.8 No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped. (Formerly J105.1)

J1-106.9 Do not carry articles which prevent the operator of the bicycle from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. (Formerly J105.2)

J1-106.10 According to Virginia law, earphones are prohibited while riding a bicycle. (Formerly J105.4)

J1-107 Prohibited Areas for Bicycle Riding

J1-107.2 Bicyclists are prohibited from riding on the walking trails of the arboretum.

J1-107.3 Bicyclists are prohibited from riding on athletic playing fields or within Bridgeforth Stadium.

J1-107.4 Bicyclists are prohibited from riding in residential, academic or administrative facilities on campus with the exception of indoor bike tracks.

J1-108 Registration

Students are encouraged to register their bicycles with the JMU Police or the City of Harrisonburg. All campus residents that register their bicycles with the Office of Public Safety must affix the issued numerical decal to the bike.

J1-109 Storage

J109.1 Bicycles may not be kept anywhere inside academic or administrative buildings without written permission from the building coordinator. If all the residents of a living unit concur, bicycles may be stored in student rooms and suites. Storage may occur only within the confines of the prescribed areas. Bikes should never be left in halls, corridors or stairwells or on landings or handicapped ramps.

J109.2 Bicycles improperly placed or stored in campus residences, other campus facilities, hallways, corridors, stairwells, landings, or handicapped ramps will be confiscated by the university and forfeited by the owner. Wall mountings to store bicycles are not permitted; damages caused by the storage or transportation of a bicycle are the responsibility of the bicycle's owner.

J109.4 When possible, lock bicycles to bike racks; do not secure them to trees, railings, lampposts, fences or handicapped ramps. Bicycles are not to be stored in campus bike racks or otherwise left on campus or within university facilities by persons not currently enrolled for classes including the summer sessions. Such bikes are considered abandoned property and are subject to confiscation and subsequent sale as state property.


Camping

J2-100 Camping or Shelter Construction

Constructing shelters/tents and camping or sleeping out on university-owned or operated properties is prohibited unless approved by Student Activities and Involvement for philanthropic or fund-raising purposes.


Campus Election Rules

J3-100 Campus Elections Rules

No student shall in any way tamper with or illegally influence voting or vote counting procedures or regulations as set forth by the Student Government Association for any campus election.


Computer Misuse

J5-100 Computer Misuse

Any misuse of university network or computing resources or services is expressly prohibited. Examples of misuse include but are not limited to the following activities:

J5-101 Committing computer fraud, creating false identities, forgery, harassment, personal abuse, trespassing, theft, embezzlement or invasion of privacy.

J5-102 Tampering with files or information that belongs to someone else.

J5-103 Using the computer to examine, modify, or copy programs or data other than one's own without proper authorization. This includes plagiarism and/or violations of copyright.

J5-104 Degrading or attempting to degrade computer hardware or software performance to alter or circumvent established security measures.

J5-105 Depriving or attempting to deprive other users of access to computing/network resources or services. Under no circumstances does the university condone or permit the unauthorized copying of computer software or other copyrighted material; the use of another person's e-I.D., telecommunications account, or access privileges; the unauthorized access or use of another person's files (whether inside or outside the computer system); the intentional abuse or interference with the operation of any university computer, network, or telecommunications system; the intentional interference with the work of other users; or the wasting of computer resources. Using computing resources in other forms of misconduct such as harassment, invasion of privacy, libel, falsifying identity, etc. are violations of university standards of conduct and/or law.


Dangerous Practices

J6-100 Dangerous Practices

No student shall engage in any activity which endangers the lives or safety of that student or of others. Activities carried out in appropriate classes or laboratories under faculty guidance are exempt from this policy. This includes but is not limited to the following activities:

J6-101 The use, possession or false reporting of fireworks, firecrackers, gunpowder or any dangerous chemicals or explosive materials on campus. This includes a student’s possession of firearms and ammunition, which must be registered and stored with Public Safety while the student is on campus.

J6-102 Inappropriate or dangerous use of fires, open flames or other flammable materials on campus. This includes the unsafe or inappropriate disposal of smoking materials.

J6-103 Blocking or in any way preventing use of fire exit doors, handicapped ramps, residence hall room doors, classroom and office doors, and building hallways on campus.

J6-104 Improper use of electrical appliances or wiring on campus which may create a fire hazard.

J6-105 No physical activity, such as boating, skating, swimming, wading or walking on the ice is allowed in or on Newman Lake and other bodies of water on university properties, including rivers, streams, and fountains. No objects shall the thrown or dropped into bodies of water on university property. (Formerly J20-101)

J6-106 No student shall throw or cause to be projected any object or substance, which has potential for damaging or defacing university or private property or causing personal injury or disruption of activity. (Formerly J28-101)

J6-107 No student shall operate a vehicle, bicycle, skateboard, or similar mode of transportation in an unsafe manner or in an area where it is prohibited.


Destruction of Property

J7-100 Destruction or Attempted Destruction of Property

J7-101 No student shall damage/vandalize, attempt to damage/vandalize or participate in the damage/vandalism of property belonging to another.

Disorderly Conduct

J8-100 Disorderly Conduct

Regardless of proximity to campus, no student shall cause, incite or participate in any disturbance, including but not limited to excessive noise, which interrupts the orderly operation of the university and/or infringes on the rights of community members.


Drugs

J38-102 Drugs

J38-102.1 No student shall use, possess, sell, or distribute an illicit drug. Illicit drugs include both illegal drugs as defined by the Drug Control Act of the Commonwealth of Virginia, prescription medications used by an individual other than the person for whom the drugs are prescribed, legal drugs used outside of their recommended directions, and/or other recreational substances used as drugs.  

J38-102.2 No student shall use, possess, sell, or distribute drug paraphernalia as defined by the state law of Virginia. Examples include but are not limited to equipment, products, and materials which are designed for or used to manufacture or consume marijuana, controlled substances, or illicit drugs.

J38-102.4 Students shall not misuse or abuse illicit drugs. This includes but is not limited to driving under the influence, public intoxication, or consuming illicit drugs to the point of hospitalization.

See also Alcohol/Drug Strategies & Resources.


Failure to Comply

J10-100 Failure to Comply with a Disciplinary Decision

No student shall fail to comply with any disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Honor Council, the Judicial Council or the Office of Judicial Affairs. Violations include but are not limited to not attending or being late for sanctioned educational classes, failing to complete assignments, or failing to follow the guidelines of sanctions or sanctioned programs.


Falsification of Information

J12-100 Falsification of Information

J12-101 No student shall alter, replicate or have in his or her possession an altered university identification card (JMU Access Card) or parking permit. No student shall replicate or enter false information on an official university document or electronic form.

J12-102 No student shall provide false information or fail to provide current information to the university including for the purpose of defrauding the university.

J12-103 No student shall misrepresent himself/herself as a JMU official or as a member of an organization affiliated with the university.

J12-104 No student shall alter, replicate or have in his or her possession any altered form of identification, including but not limited to an altered state issued identification card, state issued driver’s license or birth certificate.


Fire Safety

J11-100 Fire Safety

J11-101 No student shall activate a fire alarm except in case of an actual fire.

J11-102 No student shall disregard a fire alarm signal, refuse to evacuate a building, or re-enter without permission from a University official.

J11-103 No student shall enter or exit from a fire escape except during a fire drill or in the case of an actual fire.

Also see J13-100 Fire Safety.

J13-100 Fire Safety

J13-101 No student shall, without authorization, operate, tamper with or otherwise misuse any fire suppression equipment.

J13-102 No student shall tamper with or otherwise misuse any fire detection or early warning devices, emergency lighting or evacuation systems.

Also see J11-100 Fire Safety.


Gambling

J14-100 Gambling

No student shall illegally wager or assist in the illegal wagering of money or any other thing of value on any game or contest.


Harassment

J16-100 Harassment and/or Bullying

It is the established policy of JMU to provide a work and study environment for faculty, staff and students free from all forms of harassment, bullying, stalking, intimidation and exploitation. Prohibited harassment, bullying, stalking, intimidation and exploitation includes offensive verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct in the following situations:

J16-101 Submission to the conduct is made a condition of employment or admission of an applicant.

J16-102 Submission to or rejection of the conduct is the basis for personnel action, recommendation for promotion or grades.

J16-103 Conduct that seriously and/or repeatedly affects an employee’s or student's performance or creates a hostile work or study environment. The conduct includes but is not limited to behaviors referring to a person's age, color, disability (formerly J22-100), genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (formerly J23-100), sexual orientation or veteran status.

J16-104 Conduct of a sexual nature that seriously and/or repeatedly affects an employee’s or student’s performance or creates a hostile work or study environment.

(Note:  Sexual harassment and stalking cases falling under this policy will follow the same processes as sexual assault cases.)

See also Harassment Guidelines.


Hazing

J17-100 Hazing

In keeping with JMU's expectations for a positive academic environment, the university prohibits any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Hazing is defined as activities for the initiation or induction into an organization which include but are not limited to calisthenics or other strenuous physical activity; exposure to inclement weather; consumption of any food, liquid, beverage, drug, or other substance; confinement in any room or compartment; spraying, painting, or pelting with any substance; burying in any substance; burning, branding, or tattooing; or any other activity which may result in physical injury or endanger the health or life of the individual being hazed, regardless of implied or expressed consent of the victim(s).

J17-101 Section 18.2-56 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, declares hazing illegal, establishes conditions for civil and criminal liability, and outlines the duties of the university when a student has been found guilty of hazing.


Interference with the Judicial or Honor Council Process

J18-100 Interference with the Judicial or Honor Council Process

No student shall engage in any activity which disrupts, unfairly influences or obstructs the judicial or honor processes of JMU. This includes but is not limited to the following activities:

J18-101 Attempting to influence, intimidate or threaten any witness, council member or other participant involved in the preparation of a case or the procedures constituting a judicial or Honor Council proceeding.

J18-102 Giving false information to the Judicial Office or Honor Council or to a judicial hearing officer or honor council coordinator.


Littering

J19-100 Littering

J19-101 No student shall intentionally dispose of refuse of any kind on property owned or leased by the university except in receptacles provided for that purpose.

J19-102 No receptacle used for trash shall be overturned anywhere on owned or leased university property.


Noncompliance with an Official Request

J21-100 Noncompliance with an Official Request

J21-101 No student shall fail to comply with reasonable and/or lawful requests or directions by members of the faculty, administrative staff, residence hall staff, police or other employees acting in the performance of their official duties. A request for proper identification from a student is a reasonable expectation.

J21-102 No student shall fail to answer reasonable and/or lawful requests by faculty members, administrative staff, residence hall staff, police or other employees acting in the performance of their official duties. This includes failing to schedule or attend an administratively requested meeting.

J21-103 No student shall provide false information, verbally or in writing, to faculty members, administrative staff, residence hall staff, police or other employees acting in the performance of their official duties.


Obscene Conduct

J24-100 Obscene Conduct

J24-101 No student shall engage in lewd, indecent or obscene conduct, including, but not limited to:

  • Public nudity (streaking, etc.)
  • Public urination
  • Public sexual acts


J24-102
No student shall possess and/or produce illegal sexual materials.


Parking

J25-100 Parking

All vehicles parked on property owned, operated, or leased by JMU are required to display a valid JMU parking permit. For complete information regarding the university's parking regulations, refer to the Parking and Traffic Regulations handbook. Handbooks are available free of charge upon request at the Parking Services office, located on the ground level of the Champions Drive Parking Deck.

Updated information can be obtained throughout the academic year by accessing the parking website. For additional questions or concerns, contact Parking Services at 540-568-3300.

Personal Abuse

J26-100 Personal Abuse

J26-101 No student shall direct a serious expression of the intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals.

J26-103 No student shall direct expressions that can be reasonably anticipated to incite a violent reaction from an individual or group of individuals at anyone.


Responsibility for Guest(s)

J31-100 Responsibility for Guest(s)

Each student will be held accountable for any damage or violation of university policy by his/her guest(s) on-campus or in his/her residence hall.


Sexual Assault

J34-100 Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined as sexual contact without consent and includes but is not limited to:

  • intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person's genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks;
  • rape (sexual intercourse without consent whether by an acquaintance or a stranger);
  • attempted rape;
  • sodomy (oral sex or anal intercourse) without consent; or sexual penetration with an object without consent

Consent means words or actions that show a knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.  Consent cannot be gained by force, intimidation, by ignoring or acting in spite of the objections of another, by previous consent, or by taking advantage of the victim’s incapacitation or physical helplessness where the accused student knows or reasonably should have known of such incapacitation.

Incapacitation means the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. States of incapacitation include, without limitation, sleep and blackouts. Where alcohol and/or drugs are involved, one does not have to be intoxicated or drunk to be considered incapacitated; incapacity is determined by how the alcohol and/or drugs consumed impacts a person’s decision-making capability.

Verbal misconduct, without accompanying physical contact as described above, is not defined as sexual assault. Verbal misconduct may constitute harassment, which is also prohibited under university regulations and is specifically addressed in section J16-100 of this handbook.

Students accused of this charge should refer to the Accused Student Rights (Sexual Assault) in preparing for their hearing.

Accusing students who report a sexual assault will not be charged with a violation of the code sections involving alcohol or drugs, even if alcohol and/or drugs was involved. [Refer to Accusing Student Rights (Sexual Assault) in the JMU Student Handbook.]


Skateboard & Similar Modes of Transportation:

J-101 Public Safety Responsibility & Safety Considerations

Skateboarders traveling on roadways have the duties of drivers of vehicles. When traveling on sidewalks, skateboarders have the general rights and duties of pedestrians. It is the responsibility of public safety officials to maintain a safe campus environment through enforcement of those provisions. Where breaches in safe operation of skateboards arise, public safety personnel may refer a student to the university judicial system and a student may be charged with a violation of the Dangerous Practices policy.

J-101.1 Use of a helmet and other safety equipment is strongly recommended. (Formerly J-104.3)

J-101.2 Skateboarders should ride as predictably as possible and at a speed where they are able to avoid hazards and stop when necessary.

J-101.3 Avoid areas where there is heavy pedestrian traffic and/or speed is hard to control.

J-101.4 Persons riding a skateboard or similar mode of transportation shall not attach themselves to any other vehicle on the roadway. (Formerly J-104.1)

J-101.5 No skateboard shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped.

J-102 Where to Ride

J-102.1 Persons riding a skateboard or similar mode of transportation shall use bike lanes or keep as near as safely possible to the far right side or edge of the right traffic lane so that they will be proceeding in the same direction as other traffic. When riding in these areas, skateboarders shall have all the rights and duties of a vehicle under the same circumstances.

J-102.2 Persons riding a skateboard or similar mode of transportation on a sidewalk, shared-use path, or across a roadway on a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties of a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

J-102.3 Skateboarders are prohibited from riding skateboards or similar mode of transportation in residential, academic or administrative facilities. (Formerly J-104.2)

J-103 Passing

J-103.1 Persons riding a skateboard or similar mode of transportation shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.

J-103.2 Persons riding a skateboard or similar mode of transportation shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.

J-104 Accidents

Bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, or pedestrians must stop when involved in an accident and make a report. Report accidents involving death, injury or property damage to university police. All persons involved in the accident must give their names and addresses to the police and to any person involved in the accident or the property owner. If unattended property is damaged, the bicyclist must make a reasonable effort to find the owner and give his/her name to the owner. If the owner cannot be located, leave a note in a conspicuous place at the accident site and report the accident to the police within 24 hours.


Smoking

J35-100 Smoking

J35-101 Smoking in university buildings and residence hall courtyards is prohibited.


Soliciting, Petitioning, Selling, Surveying & Publicizing

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

J36-101
J36-102
J36-103
J36-104
J36-105
J36-106
J36-107

J36-101

No student or student organization shall engage in advertising or selling any goods, services or tickets, nor shall they solicit for any purpose whatsoever on university property or in university buildings, without first obtaining the written approval of the coordinator of clubs and organizations. Sales and solicitation may only take place in the areas designated by the University Unions. (For activities in residential buildings, refer to J36-103.)

J36-101.1 Students or student organizations must obtain written approval from the coordinator of clubs and organizations, before petitioning or surveying students. Surveys that are a part of an academic requirement must be approved by the instructor, academic unit head and college dean before approval will be given by the coordinator of student organization development.

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.

J36-101.4 All students or organizations that solicit off campus on behalf of a group or organization associated with JMU must have the written approval of the vice president for university advancement and the University Unions.

J36-102

All students or organizations planning to conduct programs on or off campus requiring a contractual agreement with non-university agencies must obtain the written approval of the director of the University Unions and other pertinent university officials.

J36-103

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.

J36-104

Advertising the sale of alcoholic beverages without an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board license or any phrase or symbol, which would lead the reader to believe that alcohol will be served or consumed, is prohibited. Students must contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to obtain an ABC license.

J36-105

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.

J36-106

No student shall distribute or sell any drug apparatus in any building or on any property owned or operated by the university.

J36-107

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.

Theft

J39-100 Theft

J39-101 No student shall steal, attempt to steal or assist in the theft of any money, property or item of value not belonging to him or her.

J39-102 No student shall illegally use or appropriate or possess any property not belonging to him or her.

J39-103 No student shall fail to report suspected theft of university monies. (Refer to JMU Policy 1603.)

J39-104 No student shall use or possess any equipment that falls under the state of Virginia’s laws as illegal, as it relates to theft. (Refer to Virginia Code § 18.2-94)


Trespassing

J40-100

Any unauthorized individual attempting to enter, entering or remaining in university property shall be responsible of trespass.  This may include, but is not limited to, an area that has been closed, locked and/or displaying signage. 

J41-100

No student shall enter, remain in, or refuse to leave a private room (including a residence hall room), office or restricted area under control of another student, faculty member or university official except by permission or invitation of the resident student, appropriate university official or faculty member.

Unauthorized Use or Transfer of Property or Documents

J42-100 Unauthorized Use or Transfer of Property or Documents

J42-101 No student shall use or possess any parking decal, JMU Access Card, keys, access codes, or university documents issued by the university to another individual. 

J42-102 No student shall lend or sell any parking decal, JMU Access Card, keys, access codes, or university documents issued by the university.

J42-103 No student shall use documents or identifying information of a student not authorized to do so.


Violence to Persons

J43-100 Violence to Persons

No student shall engage or attempt to engage in any form of violence directed toward another person or group of people.

(Note: Cases involving Domestic Violence and Dating Violence falling under this policy will follow the same processes as sexual assault cases.)


Weapons

J44-100 Weapons

J44-101 No student shall keep, use, possess, display or carry any item, including but not limited to a rifle, shotgun, handgun, knife, edged weapons or other lethal or dangerous instruments capable of maiming and/or casting a projectile by air, gas, explosion or mechanical means on any property or in any building owned or operated by the university or in any vehicle on campus. Regardless of proximity to campus, illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals, or any item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms or threatens others, is not permitted.

J44-102 Realistic facsimiles of weapons are specifically not allowed.

J44-103 Rifles, shotguns and bows that are to be used for hunting, may be registered and stored at the university police station one week before and during the appropriate hunting season.

J44-104 Weapons used for hunting must be checked and removed from campus at the end of the appropriate hunting season.