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For more information, see our Accountability Board section or contact Associate Director, Wendy Lushbaugh.


Can a parent be involved in a case review?

An accused student’s parents can act as a character witnesses in a case. Guidelines for support persons and attorneys apply to parents. If a parent does not meet those guidelines, s/he may not serve in that capacity.

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How long will the case review take?

An Accountability Board Case review can last as short as a half hour or could last as long as several hours. Once the witnesses have provided information to the board they are free to leave unless the board requests they remain. However, the accused student is asked to remain through the entirety of the case review.

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When will the student know the Accountability Board’s decision?

The Accountability Board will notify you of their decision at the conclusion of your Accountability Board Case review.

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What does the Accountability Board know about a student's previous case history?

The Accountability Board will not have access to a previous case history unless they find the accused student responsible for the charge(s). At that time they will use the student's previous case history to determine the appropriate sanction(s). If a student chooses to tell the Accountability Board their previous case history in the case review, the Accountability Board may ask additional questions of the student regarding the history they revealed.

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What if a witness can’t be there for the case review?

Witnesses may submit a written statement in lieu of being present at the Accountability Board case review. The accused student can either bring 7 copies of this statement to the case review or provide it to the Student Case Administrator 48 hours prior to the case review.

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Who will be on the Accountability Board?

For a minor board, there will be 3 student board members and a non-voting faculty/staff chair. For a major board, there will be 3 student & 3 faculty/staff board members and a non-voting faculty/staff chair. All of the board members have been trained by the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices on our policies and procedures.

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Should my student get a lawyer for an Accountability Board Case Review?

Accused students have the right to a support person or attorney if the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices is notified at least 48 hours before the case review, provided that person is willing and able to attend the scheduled  case review and advise the student during the case review process. The support person must be a current student, faculty or staff member selected from the university community or an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  An attorney or support person attending a case review may not actively represent the accused student, but may give advice to the student on how to present his or her case.

See more at: www.jmu.edu/osarp/handbook/OSARP/student-rights.shtml#accused-ACR

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Who should I contact with questions about the Accountability Board case review process?

You can contact the Associate Director, Wendy Lushbaugh.

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Can Accountability Board give a student more sanctions than they received from the first Case Administrator?

Yes. When a student goes to Accountability Board, they are stating that they want the case re-heard. The Accountability Board members will not know what the first Case Administrator gave the accused student as a sanction. Therefore, they could do the same thing the original Case Administrator did, less sanctioning, or more sanctioning. It is important to consider this when going to Accountability Board; the student will NOT be able to revert back to the original Case Administrator’s decision once they've gone through the Accountability Board process.

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