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A complainant may file a formal complaint alleging sexual harassment, as defined in Policy 1346, or sexual misconduct, as defined in Policy 1340, against a respondent who is currently employed by or a student of the institution, and requesting that the university investigate the allegation, directly with the Title IX Office.

This can happen electronically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by emailing the formal complaint to, or by mailing the formal complaint to Title IX Office, Attn: Title IX Coordinator, MSC 7806, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA  22807. 

A complainant may also submit their written formal complaint to the Title IX Office in person during regular business hours.  The complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in an educational program or activity at the time of filing a formal complaint.

Information to Include in the Formal Complaint

The formal complaint must include the complainant’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise indicate that the complainant is the person filing the formal complaint.  In addition to the complainant’s name, the formal complaint document that is filed should include:

  • The name of the respondent
  • The approximate date, time, and location of the alleged incident
  • A description of the incident that the complainant would like the university to investigate

Click on the Formal Complaint Investigation Process to learn more.

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