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The Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices (OSARP), formerly the Office of Judicial Affairs, collaborates with partners to facilitate student development and civic responsibility. As part of this mission, students can be sanctioned to a number of educational programs designed to provide opportunities for growth and learning. Three of these educational programs fall under the umbrella of Civic Learning: Mentor Experience, Site Experience, and the Values in Action workshop. More information about each of these programs can be found on this website.

Students in the Civic Learning Mentor Experience are assigned to complete 8-15 mentoring hours with a mentor as a result of being found responsible for violating university policy. The site experience requires a student to complete 30 hours in an office or department on campus in an effort to increase that student's involvement in the campus community.

The Civic Learning Programs offer a unique opportunity for university faculty, staff, and graduate students to give back to the JMU community by serving as mentors or site supervisor for students in the program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor and/or site supervisor, please see the Volunteer Training section of our website.


Together We Stand Award

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In 2013, the Civic Learning Program received  JMU's Student Affairs and University Planning's “Together We Stand Award.”  This award recognized the effective partnership between individuals and  groups within the division of Student Affairs and University Planning with individuals and groups outside the division to enhance student learning, development, and success.

For more information on this award, please see the Student Affairs and University Planning’s website.

NASPA Excellence Grand Gold Award

In 2008, JMU's Office of Judicial Affairs received the NASPA Excellence Grand Gold Award for the Civic Learning program. The NASPA Excellence Awards recognized the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration. In receiving the Grand Gold Award, the Civic Learning program was recognized as the highest achiever among 200+ applications.  Wendy Lushbaugh, Associate Director of Judicial Affairs, and Jilliam Joe, former graduate student in JMU’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies, wrote the proposal and were significant contributors to the success of the Civic Learning Program.

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