Once the Office of Judicial Affairs has found a student responsible for an on-campus or off-campus alchohol or drug violation, they will receive a sanction and a strike. After being found responsible for three alcohol or drug violations, a student may be suspended.
If you have received a letter from Judicial Affairs, it means that you have been charged for violating university policy. The letter will list the charge(s) against you, and the page in the handbook that defines the charge.
Call the Office of Judicial Affairs at 540.568.6218 to make your appointment (called an administrative option hearing, which is explained further in the student handbook).
Arrive on time (if not a few minutes early) to your scheduled appointment. Missing your appointment, or being late, will result in an additional charge of non-compliance with an official request.
Several things will happen at your appointment. Your student rights and violation of University policy will be explained, to you. After documentation of incident is presented and you have had the opportunity to explain, the hearing officer will determine responsibility.
If you are found responsible you can accept or reject the decision of the hearing officer. If you accept the decision, that means you agree to the sanction(s) assigned. If you reject, the University Judicial Council will hear your case. Your hearing officer will explain this procedure further.
Now that you're 21, things are a little different, but there are still some things to remember.
The Three Strikes Policy still applies to students over 21 if they are found responsible for any of the following violations:
Virginia State Laws
City of Harrisonburg Local Ordinances:
JMU Judicial Violations
The Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from disclosing information regarding judicial charges to parents/guardians unless the charge is related to alcohol or drugs.
Therefore, the Office of Judicial Affairs notifies parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 after their 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).