What is the Accountability Board?

Members of the Accountability Board serve on panels who act as the original decision making body for cases in which a student is charged with minor, major, or flexible policy violations as classified by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices. These panels evaluate evidence, apply policy, and weigh the perspective of the Accused Student and witnesses to determine if the Accused Student is responsible or not responsible for violating policy and, if necessary, assign the sanctions for the case. JMU faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students are eligible to become members of the Accountability Board.


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Eligibility and Expectations

Eligibility

Any undergraduate or graduate student, exclusive of student government executive officers, is eligible to serve as a member of the Accountability Board; student members of the Accountability Board are selected by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.

Any Faculty or Staff member – full-time or part-time – can indicate their interest and be trained to become a member of the Accountability Board; Faculty or Staff members of the Accountability Board must not hold a position higher than head of a department or academic unit. 

Expectations

    • Must remain in good standing with the University; Students are unable to serve as Accountability Board members while on probation through the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.
    • An openness to difference, including a sensitivity and respect for others and the university community.
    • An ability to work well with others and willingness to have productive conversations to build consensus.
    • Critical thinking skill and the ability to fairly evaluate conflicting facts, perspectives, and evidence.
    • A willingness to take part in assessment projects conducted by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.
    • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all case information and student records
    • Respect and adherence to local ordinances, state laws, federal laws, and university policies

Failure to meet eligibility requirements or expectations listed above by a member of the Accountability Board will result in removal from the role. 

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Training

New board members will complete required extensive training prior to their first case. Training topics include:

    • The OSARP Accountability Process, Policies, and Procedures
    • Listening Skills
    • Effective Questioning
    • Evaluating and Weighing Evidence
    • Decision Making and the Preponderance of the Evidence
    • Sanctioning

This training is typically a full day and conducted by the Associate Director and Graduate Assistant for Accountability Boards. Training typically happens once a semester and new members will be informed of each opportunity.

Additional training and in-services are held during the year to continue to develop and improve skills and knowledge to help in effectively serving as a member of the Accountability Board. 

Faculty and staff interested in serving on cases alleging violations of JMU Policy J34-100 Sexual Misconduct as part of the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process must first be trained and serve as Accountability Board members and complete additional, annual training.


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Time Commitment

Members serve on Accountability Board Case Reviews as their schedules permit; cases range in the amount of time they take depending on the amount of witnesses, the complexity of the evidence, and/or the severity of the case. While this is a flexible service opportunity, the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices requests that Board Members provide availability to serve when they are able.

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Benefits

Being a member of the Accountability Board is a rewarding way in which you as a community member can help uphold our values and expectations at JMU. It is service to our university and our community and exciting way to use your voice as a member of our campus. It is a way to interact with students in a very different role; it’s an additional method to support and challenge students in order to lead to their success.

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices is more than willing to provide verification of service to the university for a Board Member; many professors applying for tenure have included their Board Membership as “service to the university.”

Involvement in the Accountability Board is a valuable resume-builder; students who serve on these boards will gain transferable skills such as:

    • Listening and communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Applying Policy
    • Weighing Evidence
    • Questioning
    • Building Consensus

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How to Apply

Interested Faculty or Staff members should email OSARP’s Associate Director, RJ Ohgren at ohgrenrr@jmu.edu.

Membership drive is in process for the 2018-19 Academic Year for prospective student board members. Download and submit the application below by 5pm on March 30, 2018. 

2018-19 Accountability Board Application 

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