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All JMU students for the 2020-2021 academic year are required to acknowledge and follow the guidelines and expectations provided in the “JMU Stop the Spread Agreement”, which is completed via the MyMadison Fall 2020 check-in process. While this agreement is linked above, students are required to review and acknowledge the agreement via MyMadison.  JMU students are also required to follow guidance provided by the university regarding the use of the LiveSafe app. Additional information about university operations as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic can be found on JMU’s “Stop the Spread” website.

JMU students, as members of the larger campus community (both on and off-campus), will have an obligation to the health and safety of others by following all guidelines and expectations regarding the use of face coverings and the LiveSafe app. Additionally, every student, faculty, and staff member in the JMU community has a duty and responsibility to help others meet these guidelines and expectations for face coverings and the LiveSafe app.

If a student is not meeting these guidelines and expectations, there may be grounds for an alleged violation of Noncompliance as stated in the JMU Student Handbook. Before reporting this to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, please use the strategies below to address student noncompliance with guidelines and expectations.

We are all members of the JMU community – helping a fellow Duke is the right thing to do and an obligation we have to one another in order to protect the health and safety of campus.

Addressing Face Covering Use
Students: Addressing Face Covering Use of Other Students

If you are a student addressing the use of face coverings with another student on-campus:

  • Engage them with kindness and patience. Do not make assumptions about why they are not wearing a face covering.

  • Remind them of the guidelines and expectations they agreed to as a member of the JMU community.

  • Discuss the importance that every member of the JMU community abide by these guidelines and expectations in order to keep our campus healthy and safe.

  • Provide them with a face covering or suggest a location where they can get one.

If the other student complies:

  • Thank them for helping the JMU community stay healthy and safe.

  • If you have a personal relationship with them, consider following-up through email, text, or a phone call to offer gratitude and reminders about the importance of future face covering use.

If the other student does not comply:

  • Ask them to leave your location if you are in an area where face coverings are required by university directive. If you are in a location where face coverings are not required and they are not maintaining appropriate physical distancing, ask the student to create at least six feet of space between you and them.

  • If the other student still has not complied, let the other student know that you would really appreciate their compliance with your request so that you do not have to file any type of report.

  • If these conversations do not work, you may contact the JMU Police (540-568-6911) immediately if they will not leave your location or maintain appropriate physical distancing.

    • Note: JMU Police should not be contacted without attempting to engage in a conversation with another student first unless other circumstances exist that would make it unsafe for you to have these conversations with the other student.

Regardless of whether the other student complies, you are encouraged to share your experience with JMU faculty/staff, depending on your location (i.e. RA or Hall Director if you are in a residence hall, faculty member if you are in an academic building). These individuals can help you address the behavior, confirm that no further action is required, or direct you to additional resources.

Students can use these strategies at off-campus locations but should understand the university is limited in how it can hold students accountable to these guidelines and expectations off-campus.

Faculty/Staff: Addressing Face Covering Use by Students

It is recommended that faculty address requirements regarding face covering use by students in their syllabus. It is recommended that university staff and offices on campus reinforce the requirements regarding face coverings to students through signage and/or verbal expectations.

If you are a faculty/staff member addressing the use of face coverings with a student on-campus:

  • Engage them with kindness and patience. Do not make assumptions about why they are not wearing a face covering.

  • Remind them of the guidelines and expectations they agreed to as a member of the JMU community.

  • Discuss the importance that every member of the JMU community abide by these guidelines and expectations in order to keep our campus healthy and safe.

  • Provide them with a mask/face covering or suggest a location where they can get one.

If the student complies:

  • Thank them for helping the JMU community stay healthy and safe.

  • Follow-up through email to offer gratitude and reminders about the importance of future face covering use.

If the student does not comply:

  • Ask them to leave your classroom, office, or location. If you are in a location where face coverings are not required and they are not maintaining appropriate physical distancing, ask the student to create at least six feet of space between you and them.

  • If the student still has not complied, let the student know that you would really appreciate their compliance with your request so that you do not have to file any type of report.

  • If these conversations do not work, you may contact the JMU Police (540-568-6911) immediately if they will not leave your classroom, office, location, or maintain appropriate physical distancing. Faculty may choose to dismiss their class before calling the JMU Police.

    • Note: JMU Police should not be contacted without attempting to engage in a conversation with a student first unless other circumstances exist that would make it unsafe for you to have these conversations with the student.

  • Discuss additional options with a supervisor, department head, or academic dean. For faculty, there may be academic options available to you that no one else can offer or implement (i.e. dismissal from a course).

Faculty are encouraged to review JMU Academic Affairs Policy #12 for more information on disruptions in the classroom: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/_documents/policies/aapolicy-12.pdf.

Addressing LiveSafe App Use
Student Leaders: Addressing LiveSafe App Use by Students

Please visit Student Activities' website for information on this topic.

Faculty/Staff: Addressing LiveSafe App Use by Students

It is recommended that faculty address requirements regarding LiveSafe app use by students in their syllabus, including how students can show the green check to them. It is recommended that university staff and offices on campus reinforce the requirements regarding the LiveSafe app to students through signage and/or verbal expectations.

If you are a faculty/staff member addressing the use of the LiveSafe app with a student:

  • Engage them with kindness and patience. Do not make assumptions about why they did not immediately present the green check to you.

  • Remind them of the guidelines and expectations they have regarding the LiveSafe app as a member of the JMU community.

  • Discuss the importance that every member of the JMU community abide by these guidelines and expectations in order to keep our campus healthy and safe.

  • Provide them with an opportunity to fill out the LiveSafe app’s health check or fill out a paper form regarding their health.

If the student complies:

  • Thank them for helping the JMU community stay healthy and safe.

  • Follow-up through email to offer gratitude and reminders about the importance of future adherence to use of the LiveSafe app.

If the student does not comply:

  • Ask them to leave your classroom, office, or location. You may offer them a virtual option for meeting with you, if available.

  • If the student still has not complied, let the student know that you would really appreciate their compliance with your request so that you do not have to file any type of report.

  • If these conversations do not work, you may contact the JMU Police (540-568-6911) immediately if they will not leave your classroom, office, location, or maintain appropriate physical distancing. Faculty may choose to dismiss their class before calling the JMU Police.

    • Note: JMU Police should not be contacted without attempting to engage in a conversation with a student first unless other circumstances exist that would make it unsafe for you to have these conversations with the student.

  • Discuss additional options with a supervisor, department head, or academic dean. For faculty, there may be academic options available to you that no one else can offer or implement (i.e. dismissal from a course).

Faculty are encouraged to review JMU Academic Affairs Policy #12 for more information on disruptions in the classroom: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/_documents/policies/aapolicy-12.pdf.

Reporting an Alleged Violation to OSARP

If guidelines and expectations are not met after addressing a student using the strategies above, or if a student is not complying after receiving multiple reminders about guidelines and expectations, please contact our office to discuss the behavior you experienced. More information can be found on our “Reporting an Alleged Violation” page.

It is OSARP’s role to determine if the behavior you are experiencing or reporting meets the criteria for an alleged violation, as outlined in the “Determining an Alleged Violation” section of the JMU Student Handbook.

When you contact our office, we will ask clarifying questions about the behavior you experienced, including: date, time, location, student(s) involved, strategies used to address the behavior, and student reaction/communication with you. OSARP will share more information about the Accountability Process and your potential role in it. All individuals who report alleged violations of Noncompliance to OSARP will be required to submit documentation or narratives in writing. Individuals may be required to participate as a witness in the Accountability Process which can take up to 3-4 weeks to complete

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