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Accountability Process

The following section explains the accountability process step-by-step. Each step explains the actions of the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices and what a student should expect when going through the process. For more detailed information regarding accountability processes and policies, please refer to the JMU Student Handbook.

Note: Cases alleging sexual misconduct will follow the Sexual Misconduct Process.


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1. Charge Notification

The student receives an email informing them that the student has a charge of a policy violation(s).

  • The student must call the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative to schedule an Administrative Case Review with their Case Administrator by the date indicated on the email.

2. Administrative Case Review

The Case Administrator will meet with the student to:

  • Explain the violation(s)
  • Discuss the student’s rights
  • Explain the accountability process
  • Have a conversation with the student regarding the incident
  • Review case documentation

The Case Administrator will make a decision

  • Inform the student of the decision regarding the violation(s)
    • If the student is found not responsible, the accountability process ends here
    • If the student is found responsible, sanction(s) will be assigned

The student will be given the choice to accept or reject the decision

  • If the student accepts, they agree to fulfill their sanction(s) the accountability process ends here
  • If the student rejects, the case will be referred to the Accountability Board to be re-heard

3. Accountability Board Case Review

Note: For questions regarding this process see the Accountability Board website or contact Associate Director, Wendy Lushbaugh.

The student attends an Accountability Board Case Review

  • The board will, independently and without knowledge of the Case Administrator’s decision, determine the student’s responsibility

The Accountability Board will make a decision

  • If the student is found not responsible, the process ends here
  • If the student is found responsible, sanction(s) will be assigned; the sanction(s) assigned may be more, the same, or less severe than that assigned by the Case Administrator

The student will be given the choice to accept or appeal the decision

  • If the student accepts, they agree to fulfill their sanction(s) and the process ends here
  • If the student appeals:
    • They must submit their appeal in writing within three business days of the Accountability Board Case Review
    • Appeals must be submitted in writing for any or all of the following causes:

      • harshness of sanction(s)
      • violation of due process
      • submission of new evidence

4. Appeal

The student’s case will be reviewed

  • If the student is found not responsible, the process ends here
  • If the Board's decision is reduced, reduced sanction(s) will be assigned and the student will be held accountable to fulfill their sanction(s) and the process ends here
  • If the Board’s decision is upheld, the student will be held accountable to fulfill their sanction(s) and the process ends here