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The office will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020 due to the observation of July 4, 2020.

Black Lives Matter. OSARP acknowledges the structural and systemic issues which prevent access to constitutional rights and protections for communities of color; rights and protections that should be afforded to everyone. Further, we recognize justice and accountability structures are avenues in which these violations are often perpetrated, feeding cycles of oppression. Staff members in OSARP strive to serve as advocates and allies for social justice. As such, we are committed to critically reviewing our processes, procedures, and policies to ensure they are fair for all students. Through our critical review, and in consultation with others, we will evaluate the ways in which we address behavior and adjudicate cases to ensure all students receive a fair and impartial process. We will increase the amount of bias training we provide to those who adjudicate cases and make necessary improvements to existing trainings. We will continue to expand our understanding of systems of oppression and our roles and responsibilities within these. We will continue to educate ourselves about social justice and inclusion to promote equitable services, programs and Restorative Practices.

COVID-19 Announcements

Starting June 15th, 2020, the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices is open for in-person visitors and available for calls (540-568-6218) during normal summer operating hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm, and Friday, 8 am – 12 pm. Even though our office is open, requests that can be handled over the phone or through email (osarp@jmu.edu) are still preferred. If you are trying to contact a specific staff member, please do so through email since many of our staff continue to work remotely. 

In-person visitors are required to wear a face mask or face covering while inside our office in addition to the public areas of the Student Success Center. Visitors are also required to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others and must observe all posted signage throughout the office. These precautions support the health and safety of our campus community regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and we thank you in advance for your compliance.

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices will communicate with students primarily through their JMU email and will provide additional operational updates on our website as information becomes available. If you have questions, please contact our office at osarp@jmu.edu or 540-568-6218.

Stay safe and Go Dukes!

Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices

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 their 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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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.

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 to Appeal Form

Responding Parties in the Accountability Process* have the right to submit a written appeal of the decision or recommendation rendered at an Accountability Board Case Review within four days of the Accountability Board Case Review. To submit an appeal, follow the instructions outlined on the Petition to Appeal and submit your appeal to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices via hard copy during business hours or electronically to osarpaccountabilityboards@jmu.edu.

Appeals must be submitted directly by the Responding Party and must be received by 11:59pm on the date stated as the deadline for the submission of the appeal to be considered.

The Associate Dean of Student will evaluate the submitted appeal and determine if an Appeal Review will be granted; appeals that do not meet the stated criteria for appeals will be denied.

For more information on the Accountability Process click here or contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.

*Submission of appeals in the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process are coordinated through the advisors for the Responding Party and Reporting Party and do not use this form.

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