If this is an emergency or you wish to report a crime in progress, please call 911 or JMU Public Safety at 540-568-6911.

Below is the step-by-step reporting process for students who believe they have experienced discrimination or harassment. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) if you would like to further discuss options.

The OEO has created these resource guides to further support students:

Student Resources - Success on Campus

Student Resources - Support is Available

The report is filed/received

The OEO will determine if Interim Measures are appropriate.

The OEO completes the initial evaluation determination report

Dismisses report/complaint - does not meet threshold determination of policy violation


Initial meeting with the complainant to confirm factual allegations and discuss options regarding procedure selection

  1. Informal Procedures (could include restorative practices)
  2. Formal Procedures (The OEO begins investigative process)
Formal Procedure

Proceeds to an investigation, the OEO conducts investigation (The OEO Investigative Report)

  1. A notificationis sent to the respondent that a complaint has been filed and that Policy 1324 applies (notice of an investigation).
  2. Back and forth with both complainant and respondent for verification of information pertaining to the case.
  3. The OEO finalizes the investigation and completes an Investigative Report.
  4. The report is shared with the Panel. The Panel reviews the report.
  5. A hearing is conducted (3 panelists are selected to serve).
  6. The panel makes a determination and appropriate sanctions
  7.  Sanctions:
    1. If a student is found in violation of the policy; sanctions are determined by the panel
    2. If a student, OSARP receives the notice of the formal investigation (final decision if the student is found in violation of the policy)
  8. Appeal process for sanction only
    1. Appeal to VP of Student Affairs
    2. Final decision by VP
  9. Appeals: For complete details explaining the appeal process, see Policy 1324 – page 15 section f and page 16 sections 1 and 2.
Need to file a complaint?

File a complaint

Follow this link to access the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Complaint Form

Need to request a consultation?

Request Consultation

Follow this link to access the Consultation Request Form

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