Note: The definitions provided in the following section are not an exhaustive list and do not include specific procedures for the terms included. Please refer to the various sections of the JMU Student Handbook for more detailed information.  


A staff member assigned by OSARP who serves as the primary point of contact in OSARP for a Responding or Reporting Party and helps them understand their rights and the procedures in the Accountability Process or Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process. An Advisor does not advocate for a Responding Party or Reporting Party nor help them prepare their statements, gather evidence, or provide guidance on what a Responding Party or Reporting Party should do in order to achieve a specific outcome in the case. 

Board Chair 

The Board Chair is a faculty or staff member that serves as the presiding member of an Accountability Board Case Review or Appeal Review.  In a Sexual Misconduct Case Review, this role is served by an OSARP staff member.  

Board Member 

A University faculty member, staff member, or student who has been trained by OSARP to adjudicate cases at an Accountability Board Case Review and/or Accountability Board Appeal Review.  For a Sexual Misconduct Case Review and/or a Sexual Misconduct Appeal Review, this is a University faculty or staff member who has been additionally trained to adjudicate sexual misconduct cases.  

Case Administrator 

In the Accountability Process, a staff member in OSARP who acts as the original decision-making body for cases in which a student has minor, major, or flexible alleged policy violation(s) as classified by OSARP. Case Administrators use a preponderance of evidence standard to determine if the Responding Party is responsible for the alleged policy violation(s) at an Administrative Case Review. 


The abbreviated term used to represent “JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook”.  


The abbreviated term used to represent “James Madison University”. 


The abbreviated term used to represent “the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices” at James Madison University. 

Preponderance of the Evidence 

Preponderance of the evidence will be the standard of proof used to make determinations for all alleged policy violation(s) in the Handbook. Preponderance of the evidence means that there is greater than a fifty percent likelihood that the Responding Party violated policy.


For the purposes of the JMU Student Handbook, the term “student” includes all persons who enroll or take courses at the university, either full-time, part-time, dual-enrolled, and/or non-degree seeking.  “Student” status will begin at the payment or waiver of the deposit for admission or at the payment of the application fee for admission to classes or programs through Professional and Continuing Education. “Student” status will continue through the verification of the completion of all academic requirements for a declared degree program(s) or the completion of classes or programs through Professional and Continuing Education, and will also continue through the completion of any pending conduct process.

Support Person 

Generally, a person who provides support to students participating in the Accountability Process and/or Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process. A Support Person may be an attorney who is adhering to the role given in the Handbook for a Support Person. For more information on this role, including the restrictions for those participating as a Support Person, see the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process sections of the Handbook.  


Another term for James Madison University.  

University Case Administrator  

A University Case Administrator is an experienced faculty or staff member of the Accountability Board appointed as such by OSARP to individually adjudicate Case and Appeal Reviews or conduct Interim Suspension or Sexual Misconduct Interim Suspension Appeal Reviews as outlined in the Student Handbook.  

University Official  

A University Official includes but is not limited to members of the faculty, administrative staff, classified staff, residence hall staff, JMU police, or event/program staff. 

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