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Student Handbook Updates

February 5, 2019

The 2018-2019 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook. All policies and procedures will be implemented during the remainder of the 2018-2019 academic year as they are currently listed.

There have been specific changes made to no contact orders during cases that are part of the Accountability Process and the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process. First, in order to ensure that Reporting Parties and Responding Parties who are participating in these processes through the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) can also participate simultaneously in criminal and civil legal processes for the same incident, OSARP has amended the requirements regarding third party no contact clauses. Specifically, this updated language "does not prohibit contact through a third party for the purposes of conducting lawful activity during a pending criminal or civil case, or other specific extenuating circumstances as determined by OSARP."

Second, in order to ensure that Reporting Parties and Responding Parties have the ability to prepare fully for their case in the office, OSARP has removed the requirement that either party not be able to contact the other party’s witnesses regarding the case. Previously, if contact with the other party’s witnesses occurred, OSARP would have enacted an alleged violation of J21-100 Noncompliance for the contact. Now, this potential violation has been removed; either party may contact the other party’s witnesses unless this contact is inappropriate, meeting the definition of J18-100 Interference with or Retaliation for Exercising or Participating in the Title IX process and/or Accountability, Honor Council, or other University Conduct Process. If this contact does fall under J18-100, then OSARP reserves the right to enact an alleged violation to the party who made the inappropriate contact.

This updated language has the intent of continuing to provide appropriate no contacts during OSARP cases, while promoting fairness to both parties while preparing for their OSARP case and permitting Reporting and Responding Parties to maintain their rights in criminal and civil proceedings. These changes can be found under the following sections of the Accountability process:

    1. "Determining an Alleged Policy Violation"
    2. "Accountability Board Case Review Procedures"

These changes in the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process can be found under the following sections:

    1. "Receipt of Title IX Report, Alleged Policy Violation(s) Notification, and Preparation for the Sexual Misconduct Case Review"
    2. "Sexual Misconduct Case Review"

In addition, there was clarification language added into the Accountability Process Appeals section regarding a University Case Administrator hearing an appeal review that was granted during a break period as well as when participation by Responding Parties occurs in appeal reviews. Clarification language was added in the Sexual Misconduct Process Appeals section regarding participation by Reporting and Responding Parties in appeal reviews. These updates do not constitute any changes to the current process but rather clarify the process further.

It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. The JMU Student Handbook also outlines the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process – the processes used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

To review the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook, visit www.jmu.edu/handbook and use the navigation tabs to the left of the page. If you have questions about any of the policies or procedures listed in the JMU Student Handbook, please contact OSARP at 540-568-6218 or at osarp@jmu.edu.


December 11, 2018

The 2018-2019 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook. All policies and procedures are listed as they will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic year.

There has been one change made to incorporate more information in the JMU Student Handbook regarding JMU Policy 1121. These additions are found in two places. The first location is under the "Students’ Rights and Responsibilities" section of the handbook found at http://www.jmu.edu/osarp/handbook/OSARP/student-rights.shtml#student-rights. The second location is under the Harassment, Bullying, and/or Stalking policy found at http://www.jmu.edu/osarp/handbook/files/all-policies/J16-100.shtml.

This change was made to ensure that the campus community is aware of the protections provided to university members regarding their rights to freedom of speech and the ability university members have to file complaints if they feel their freedom of speech rights have been violated.

It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. The JMU Student Handbook also outlines the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process – the processes used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

To review the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook, visit www.jmu.edu/handbook and use the navigation tabs to the left of the page. If you have questions about any of the policies or procedures listed in the JMU Student Handbook, please contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at 540-568-6218 or at osarp@jmu.edu.


September 18, 2018

The updated version of the 2018-2019 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook. All policies and procedures are listed as they will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic year, including the revised Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process. There have been two changes made to the previously announced Student Handbook; one regarding the J21-100 Noncompliance policy and the other regarding the finalized version of the revised Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

The change to the J21-100 Noncompliance policy provides further clarification on situations in which students are expected to comply with lawful and/or reasonable instructions or directives, as well as who is considered an authority to provide those instructions/directives. The second change, regarding the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, now delineates that the use of character statements are only to be used after a finding of responsibility has been made in a Sexual Misconduct Case Review.

The current changes to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process in the 2018-2019 JMU Student Handbook were implemented as a result of feedback received by the campus community. The process was updated to incorporate this feedback and then vetted and approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs, as required by the section in the JMU Student Handbook titled "Changes and Amendments." While these decisions were made to be implemented for the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Tim Miller, will be providing continual opportunities throughout the fall for students to participate in feedback sessions with him regarding the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process. Any students interested in joining these sessions can go here to sign up.

It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. The JMU Student Handbook also outlines the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process – the processes used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

To review the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook, visit www.jmu.edu/handbook and use the navigation tabs to the left of the page. On the landing page of www.jmu.edu/handbook, you will find information about some of the changes that were implemented for the 2018-2019 JMU Student Handbook. If you have questions about any of the policies or procedures listed in the JMU Student Handbook, please contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at 540-568-6218 or at osarp@jmu.edu.


August 21, 2018

The 2018-2019 James Madison University Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook is now available exclusively online at www.jmu.edu/handbook. To review the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook, use the gold navigation tabs to the left of the page. All policies are listed as they will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic year. All procedures, except for the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, are listed as they will be implemented this academic year. One change that is being worked on with regards to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process is moving the use of character statements only after a finding of responsibility has been made in a Sexual Misconduct Case Review. This level of change is taking time to implement in the written process. You will receive an email update in a few weeks letting you know that the final procedures for the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process have been finalized as well.

It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. The JMU Student Handbook also outlines the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process – the process used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

Changes were made to the JMU Student Handbook for the 2018-2019 academic year. Changes made to the 2018-2019 version of the JMU Student Handbook include changes to the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, to terminology, and structure used in order to better communicate the process or the inclusion of standard practice implemented by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices into the text of the Handbook.

The current changes implemented in the 2018-2019 JMU Student Handbook were reviewed and commented upon by the Accountability Control Board, then vetted and approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs; as required by the section in the JMU Student Handbook titled "Changes and Amendments." While these decisions were made to be implemented for the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Tim Miller, will be providing continual opportunities throughout the fall for students to participate in feedback sessions with him regarding the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process.

This document outlines the changes made to the 2018-2019 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook. (NOTE: This document is not a comprehensive publication of the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook. The FULL JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook is only available at jmu.edu/handbook using the gold navigation tabs to the left of the page). Edits outlined in this document are reflected using yellow highlights and text that has been stricken through with a line.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at 540-568-6218 or via OSARP@jmu.edu.

 


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