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Student Handbook Updates

The 2016-17 James Madison University Student Handbook is now available exclusively online at www.jmu.edu/handbook. To review the JMU Student Handbook, use the gold navigation tabs to the left of the page.

It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. The JMU Student Handbook also outlines the Accountability Process – the process used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student throughout the Accountability Process.

Substantive changes were made to the Student Handbook for the 2016-17 Academic Year. Many changes were made, the most significant being:

  • Inclusion of additional sanctions available to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices; clarification of the definition of the parameters of suspension.

  • Further discussion of the interim suspension process

  • Allowing students to submit an application for amnesty under the Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process at their administrative case review

  • Allowing the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices to assign strikes for cases previously granted amnesty if a student has subsequent violations after receiving amnesty.

  • More clearly defining what a witness called by an Accused Student in the Accountability Board process can and cannot discuss

  • Revisions to the appeal stage of the Accountability Process including:

    • Extending the amount of time an Accused Student has to submit an appeal in the Accountability Process

    • Designating that a student has the right to a submit a written appeal and that the Director of the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices will determine if an appeal review by an appeal board will be granted

    • Limiting the right of appeal to only be based on due process, meaning that the university deviated from its stated process, and new evidence, meaning that the evidence was unavailable or inaccessible to the Accused Student at the time of the Board review

    • Providing students the opportunity to present new evidence to an appeal board when appeal reviews are granted based on new evidence

    • Providing a written procedure for an appeal review

  • Revisions to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to better outline the rights of a Reporting Party and Accused Student

  • Revisions to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to better articulate practice conducted by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices including:

    • The inclusion of the structure implemented by JMU Policy 1340 into the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process

    • More clearly describing the steps involved in the period leading up to a Sexual Misconduct Case Review

    • Better articulating that the J18-100 Interference with or Retaliation for Exercising or Participating in the Accountability, Honor Council, or Title IX Process will be used for students who knowingly mislead or provide falsified information

    • More clearly defining that any student Reporting Party or Student witness for either party will not be charged with alcohol or drug violations due to their participation in the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process

    • More clearly defining the role of the Advisor assigned to a Reporting Party and/or Accused Student by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices

  • Revisions to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to balance access, expediency, and fairness, including:

    • More clearly defining the access that Accused Students and Reporting Parties have to the case file in preparation for the case

    • Creating a more clear structure and timeline to govern submitting information to the case file

    • Changing the practice used when scheduling a Sexual Misconduct Case Review to ensure greater expediency of the process

    • Clarifying the grounds and process for challenging a board member’s ability to serve on a board

    • Placing time limits on stages of the Sexual Misconduct Case Review to balance expediency and the ability for both parties to share information to the board and present witnesses

    • Changing the structure of the Sexual Misconduct Case Review so that it begins with opening statements from both the Reporting Party and Accused Student

    • More clearly defining what a witness called by either party can and cannot discuss

    • Clearly defining an opportunity to have a prepared closing statement for both parties, including what it can and cannot include

    • Leaving any decisions to postpone a Sexual Misconduct Case Review to the Director of OSARP

    • The clarification of timelines for each stage of the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process

  • Revisions to the appeal process in the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process including:

    • Extending the amount of time a party has to submit an appeal in the Accountability Process; extending the amount of time the other party has to submit a response if an appeal review is granted

    • Designating that a party has the right to a submit a written appeal and that the Director of the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices will determine if an appeal review by an appeal board will be granted

    • Limiting the right of appeal to only be based on due process, meaning that the university deviated from its stated process, and/or new evidence, meaning that the evidence was unavailable or inaccessible to the party

    • Providing the Accused Student and/or the Reporting Party the opportunity to present new evidence to an appeal board when appeal reviews are granted based on new evidence

    • Providing a written procedure for conducting an appeal review

  • Revisions to the following policies:

    • J8-100 Disorderly Conduct

    • J17-100 Hazing

    • J6-100 Dangerous Practices

    • J18-100 Interference with the Accountability, Honor Council, or Title IX Process (now J18-100 Interference with or Retaliation for Exercising or Participating in the Accountability, Honor Council, or Title IX Process)

    • J16-100 Harassment, Bullying, and/or Stalking

    • J34-100 Sexual Misconduct

  • Delegating final approval of appeals to the Dean of Students or designee rather than the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning or designee.

As such, this document includes relevant text from the 2015-16 Handbook and/or the relevant revised text as listed in the 2016-17 Handbook, including the changes listed above. NOTE: This document is not a comprehensive publication of the JMU Student Handbook. The FULL JMU Student Handbook is only available at jmu.edu/handbook using the gold navigation tabs to the left of the page. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at 540-568-6218 or via OSARP@jmu.edu.


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