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Student Handbook Updates

The 2015-16 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 this 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 have been made to the Student Handbook for the 2015-16 Academic Year. These changes include:

  • Terminology used by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices
  • The rights of Reporting Parties during the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process
  • The inclusion of an explanation of how concurrent criminal charges affect the Interim Suspension and Accountability Process
  • A revision of the definition of a student to be more inclusive to all types of students at the university
  • The addition of a clarification of the grounds for an appeal in the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process
  • Changes to the explanation of the appeal stage in the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process
  • Revisions of university policies including:
    • J5-100 Computer Misuse
    • J38-102 Drugs
    • J12-100 Falsification of Information
    • J16-100 Harassment, Bullying, and/or Stalking
    • J34-100 Sexual Misconduct
    • J35-100 Smoking
    • J40-100 Trespassing
    • J41-100 Trespassing
    • J43-100 Violence to Persons
    • The creation of Policy J4-100 Criminal Conduct to address student behavior not otherwise addressed by the code but within the jurisdiction of the University

 A review of these changes is outlined in this document.

Further, the Governor of Virginia signed Senate Bill 1193 into law which became effective on July 1, 2015. This law requires that institutions of higher education in the state of Virginia place a notation on transcripts of students in cases where an accused student is found responsible for physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or against a person incapable of giving consent and suspended or expelled, or where an accused student withdraws prior to a decision being made in a case alleging sexual misconduct. Students must contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices to have their transcript notation removed in cases of suspension; notations in cases of expulsion are permanent. Notations made when a student withdraws prior to a decision being made in a case will remain until a decision in the case is made.

Such notations will read:

  • Expelled for violation of Student Standards of Conduct
  • Suspended for violation of Student Standards of Conduct
  • Withdrew while under investigation for violation of Student Standards of Conduct

Students found responsible for physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or against a person incapable of giving consent who were suspended or expelled prior to July 1, 2015 will not have this notation added to their transcript.

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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