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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Judicial Affairs?
What policies should my student be aware of?
What happens if my son/daughter is charged with a judicial violation?
Who can place judicial charges?
Will I be notified if my student is charged with a violation?
What constitutes a major or minor alcohol/drug violation?
What are my student's rights in the judicial process?
Should my son/daughter get a lawyer for a judicial charge?
My son/daughter was a victim of an assault, harassment, or theft.
What should he/she do?

If the incident occurs off-campus, will JMU get involved?
How are sanctions determined?
What is the "Three Strikes" policy?
My student was placed on probation. What does that mean?
I think my son/daughter has a problem with alcohol or drugs.
How can the university help?


For more information, please refer to our Parent Brochure



  • What is the purpose of Judicial Affairs?


  • Our Mission: We are committed to promoting student learning, civic responsibility and, through partnerships, developing the community necessary for the university to achieve its mission.

    Our goal is to educate students about policies, community standards, and their responsibilities as citizens of JMU and Harrisonburg, while considering the safety of the entire JMU community.

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  • What policies should my student be aware of?


  • It is your student's responsibility to know and obey federal, state, and local laws in addition to the James Madison University policies found in the Student Handbook. The handbook can be accessed online at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

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  • What happens if my son/daughter is charged with a judicial violation?

    Judicial Process Steps

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  • Who can place judicial charges?


  • Judicial violations are most frequently reported by Campus Police, Residence Life, Parking Services, and Harrisonburg/Rockingham General District Court and faculty members. Students can report violations directly to the Office of Judicial Affairs as well. All reported violations are reviewed by a case manager who determines if there is enough evidence to place the charge. Judicial Affairs sends a letter to the student indicating the charge and the individual or department where the charge originated.

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  • Will I be notified if my student is charged with a violation?


  • The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from disclosing information regarding judicial charges to parents unless the charge is related to alcohol or drugs.

    Therefore, parents are only notified by the Office of Judicial Affairs for students under 21 for alcohol and/or drug violations.  Parental notification will occur after the first alcohol and/or drug violation(s) and any subsequent violation thereafter.  Cases that may involve parental notification include those where students' cases have been adjudicated on campus and the student has been found responsible or when a student is arrested or received a citation off campus for an alcohol and/or drug charge(s). If your student is charged with any violation, we may discuss the case with you if your student signs a FERPA waiver form. We encourage you to talk to your son or daughter directly regarding any judicial charge.

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  • What constitutes a major or minor alcohol/drug violation?

    Some examples of major alcohol/drug violations are:
    • Distribution of drugs
    • Hospitalization due to alcohol/drugs
    • Driving Under the Influence
    • Keg registration violation
    • Under the influence of drugs
    • Felony possession of drugs
    • Alcohol and drugs in the same incident
    Minor violations include, but are not limited to:
    • Open Container
    • Underage possession of Alcohol
    • Possession of marijuana
    • Drunk in Public
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  • What is the "Three Strikes" policy?


  • This policy states that if a student is found responsible for three alcohol or drug violations during their academic career they may be suspended. Students with major alcohol/drug violations may be suspended prior to receiving three strikes.
     
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  • My student was placed on probation. What does that mean?


  • Probation means that the student has a record with our office. This does not affect his/her academics in any way and is not reflected on the student's transcript.

    If a student violates university policy while on probation then his or her sanction will be more severe. Repeated violations of JMU policy could result in a student's suspension from the university.

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  • I think my son/daughter has a problem with alcohol or drugs. How can the university help?

    You can encourage your student to contact someone in the Counseling and Student Development Center on campus, or to seek out a resource in the local community. Below is contact information for several campus and local resources. Judicial Affairs frequently refers to students to these resources as well.

    • Counseling and Student Development Center
      Varner House
      568-6552
      http://www.jmu.edu/cousnelingctr/

      Services
      : substance abuse consultation, education, screening, assessment, referrals, and individual and group counseling.  

    • University Health Center
      568-2831
      http://www.jmu.edu/healthctr/ 

      Services
      : alcohol and drug peer education programs, educational brochures, health screenings

    • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board
      1241 N. Main Street
      Harrisonburg, VA 22802
      540-434-1941

      Services
      : mental health 24-hour emergency services, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment including case management, prevention, consultation, and education services for residents of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County.


    • L.I.F.E. Recovery Program
      Rockingham Memorial Hospital
      752 Ott St. (Wine Price Building)
      Harrisonburg, VA 22801
      540-564-5629
      http://www.rmhonline.com/RMHServices

      Services
      : intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment services including:
      evaluation and assessment for chemical dependency, individual counseling for addiction, ACOA issues, and family counseling.
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