Our Mission

We support JMU's mission by developing and upholding university standards with cooperation from students, faculty, and partners in order to promote accountability, student development, and the restoration of the individual and the community.

Our Goals

COLLABORATION

Collaborate with internal and external partners to serve as a resource and consultant to meet the needs of students and the community.

COMMUNITY

Our staff will proactively and reactively address harms, obligations and safety concerns in the campus and Harrisonburg communities.

FAIRNESS

Creates and upholds a fair process to address behavior contrary to the standards of the community.

EDUCATION & ACCOUNTABILITY

We will hold students accountable for their actions by providing opportunities for learning and growth through educational processes and programs.

Reporting a Violation

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) places charges for any student who has violated any of the university policies found in the JMU Student Handbook: Standards and Policies.

Fairness

The accountability process will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution. An accused student has the right to a presumption of not being responsible for a violation until proven responsible as determined by a preponderance of the evidence in the accountability process.

For more information regarding student rights, please refer to the JMU Student Handbook: Student Rights.

Parents as Partners

Parent involvement can be instrumental in helping a student learn from an incident. To better prepare for such a discussion, there is a section for parents on our website.

Parents of all students under age 21 will be notified after a student is found responsible for any alcohol or drug violations that occurred on campus or was reported by a JMU police officer. Cases occurring off-campus without a JMU police report will result in parental notification upon request or receipt of citation.

About Us


Our Purpose

The Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, handles JMU community standards violations. 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.

How We Differ

A charge in our office should not to be confused with an academic honor code violation. Honor code violations are specified in the Honor Code and seen by the Honor Council, but may be sanctioned to our programs and workshops.

Our office is also separate from the criminal process, and our staff members are not lawyers. For legal support, refer to the VA state bar referral service at (800) 552-7977.

Campus Partners

We have developed partnerships with the community to enable the university to achieve its mission of preparing educated and enlightened citizens. Some of the departments on campus that we work closely with include:

  • University Health Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Office of Residence Life
  • Campus Safety
  • and many more

Outreach Programs

As part of our outreach efforts, our administrative staff serve on various committees and assist with many university events. Additionally, our staff members facilitate outreach programs throughout the year.

Professional Associations

Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)

This organization supports higher education student conduct professionals by providing educational materials and resources, international professional development opportunities and a network of colleagues to facilitate best practices of student conduct administration and conflict resolution on campus and university campuses.

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