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The Student Handbook is maintained by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, a department in the Division of Student Affairs and University Planning (SAUP)

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Student Handbook Updates

The 2014-15 James Madison University Student Handbook is now available exclusively online. To navigate through the Student Handbook, use the gold menu on 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 2014-15 Academic Year. These changes include:

  • Terminology used by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (formerly the Office of Judicial Affairs)
  • A revision of how the Accountability Process is explained in the Student Handbook, based on student feedback
  • The creation of a separate and distinct Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to address allegations of Sexual Misconduct
  • The creation of a Sexual Misconduct policy that more clearly encompasses an large spectrum of behavior, including sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and relational violence
  • Substantive revisions of university policies including:
    • J38-101 Alcohol
    • J38-102 Drugs
    • J12-100 Falsification of Information
    • J16-100 Harassment and/or Bullying
    • J17-100 Hazing
    • J18-100 Interference with the Accountability, Honor Council, or Title IX Process
    • J39-100 Theft
    • The Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process

 A review of these changes is outlined in this document.


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