A JMU Community Resource

The Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices has an open-door policy for anyone who has been harmed and wishes to consult about the accountability process or discuss conflict resolution options. In the case of an immediately dangerous situation, students are encouraged to call the police.

Our Philosophy

The Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices approaches student conduct from an educational, developmental and restorative perspective. Inherent in the University’s accountability process is the commitment to serve, equally, all involved parties in an unbiased and fair manner.

When a student has his/her rights violated and/or fails to meet prescribed responsibilities, as in society at large, consequences will follow. The Student Accountabilty office is commissioned with the task of detailing the rights and responsibilities of students, reviewing cases involving disciplinary matters and, when necessary, imposing sanctions for violations in accordance with the policies laid out in the JMU Student Handbook

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JMU Student Handbook

The JMU Student Handbook contains:

  • Conduct, academic and other policies that apply to JMU students
  • Additional information regarding the accountability process and student rights
  • Links to JMU Administration, Academic, Business and Student Life resources and information

Campus Resources

The Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices strives to partner with the JMU and Harrisonburg communities. Many times students enter our office with questions regarding other offices on campus or in Harrisonburg. We've linked some of the most commonly asked about resources below for your convienence.

Academic Resources


Student Life Resources


Safety Resources

Petition For Appeal

Students given a decision by the Accountability Board have the right to submit a written appeal. The appeal must be submitted via the “Petition to Appeal” form above. Please click on the link, download and save the PDF to your computer, and write the appeal. The written appeal, including any attachments for evidence, must be emailed to Wendy Lushbaugh (lushbawy@jmu.edu) within four days of receiving the decision of the Accountability Board Case Review. For more information on the appeal process click here.

(Note: The appeal process for Sexual Misconduct cases will be handled by a different process). If you have questions regarding appeals, please call our office at 540-568-6218.

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