The Big Four Alcohol/Drug Strategies

Three Strikes

Students will receive a strike if found responsible for an incident involving alcohol and/or drugs. Students may be suspended for a minimum of one semester upon their receipt of a third strike; strikes are cumulative over a student’s career at JMU. However, students may be suspended prior to a third strike for violations which pose health or safety concerns to the student or the community. Examples of health and safety concerns include but are not limited to; distribution of drugs, supplying alcohol to those who are underage, hospitalizations due to alcohol or drug use, DUIs, and keg registration violations.

Parent/Guardian Notification

Parents/Guardians will be notified of alcohol or drug incidents their student is involved in while under the age of 21. Notification will occur at the conclusion of the Accountability Process for on-campus cases and upon arrest or citation for off-campus cases.

Off-Campus Adjudication

Alcohol, drug, or felony violations, violations of state or federal law, and other student behavior that occurs off-campus within the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County may be addressed by OSARP in accordance with university policies and procedures. Student behavior that is against the mission of the institution may be addressed by OSARP regardless of the location in which it occurred. 

Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process (ECAP)

James Madison University is committed to preparing students to be enlightened citizens. Among the characteristics of an enlightened citizen are the ability to make responsible decisions about one’s personal welfare and the ability to make ethical decisions regarding the welfare of others. The Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process (ECAP) is created to encourage students to make responsible and ethical decisions for themselves and others. 

The ECAP shall grant amnesty from strikes for students affected by medical emergencies as a result of alcohol or other drugs, on or off campus, when help is voluntarily sought by the Affected Party or by a bystander. ECAP does not mean that the Affected Party will be found not responsible; it only means that they will not receive a strike if they are found responsible for violating alcohol or drug policy.  Additionally, amnesty will not be granted to the Affected Party in circumstances where responding medical personnel deem transportation to the hospital is necessary and transport is refused by the Affected Party. 

For Affected Parties that qualify for ECAP, the strike will not be assigned but educational sanctions may still be required. All cases will be examined for amnesty eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Further, if an Affected Party receives amnesty and is found responsible for additional alcohol or drug violations at a later point in their career at JMU, the strike from their initially granted amnesty may be re-assigned. 

The ECAP shall grant amnesty from a finding of responsibility for alleged alcohol or drug policy violations in the case of student bystanders who voluntarily seek out medical attention for another person, stay with the affected party, if safe to do so, until appropriate medical personnel arrive, and cooperate with the responding authorities. Bystanders will still receive notification of an alleged policy violation and a request to schedule an Administrative Case Review. If the Case Administrator determines that the student meets the criteria of the ECAP, the bystander will receive a finding of “Dropped – Amnesty". A student with this finding will not be considered to have a university disciplinary record. A finding of “Dropped – Amnesty” will be accompanied by an instruction from the Case Administrator for the bystander to complete an educational program. The appropriate educational program for the bystander will be determined by the Case Administrator on a case-by-case basis and there will be no fee charged for the program. If the bystander does not complete the assigned educational program, they may receive an alleged policy violation of the J21-100 Noncompliance policy. A student may appeal a Case Administrator’s decision not to grant amnesty for a case in writing to the Director of OSARP or designee. After a review of the case and appeal, the Director or designee will inform the student of the final decision on granting or denying amnesty for a case; this will be a final decision on amnesty. 

ECAP does not apply in circumstances where medical attention is requested by JMU staff members, police, or emergency personnel while performing their job duties.  ECAP does not provide protection against civil suits or criminal charges resulting from the incident. 

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