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Student Handbook Updates

August 14, 2020:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) made changes to the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook. The updated version of the JMU Student Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

The changes to the JMU Student Handbook were implemented as a result of the recent release of new implementing regulations for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, commonly referred to as the Title IX Final Rule. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released this rule in May 2020 with an effective date of August 14, 2020. This rule sets forth requirements for how institutions receiving federal funds must investigate and adjudicate alleged cases of sexual harassment.

James Madison University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates, and is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner; this non-discrimination extends also to admission and employment. To reference JMU’s official Non-Discrimination statement, please visit www.jmu.edu/oeo. Any questions about the application of Title IX requirements at JMU should be directed to JMU’s Title IX Coordinator, Amy Sirocky-Meck.

The Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is as follows:

Amy Sirocky-Meck
Madison Hall 4035
100 East Grace Street, MSC 7806
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Title IX Office: (540) 568-5219

OSARP has created the Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication Process and the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy to adhere to the grievance procedure requirements outlined in the Title IX Final Rule. Contact the Title IX Office to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination or sexual harassment. The Title IX Office will provide information and resources available to Complainants, including potential supportive measures and ways to address the complaint.

In the coming weeks, OSARP will send communication regarding other changes made to the 2020-2021 JMU Student Handbook, which will include the policy and process used to address sexual misconduct that falls outside Title IX definitions and jurisdiction.

The JMU Student Handbook was updated to incorporate this Rule, sent to the Accountability Control Board for 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."

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.

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 OSARP at 540-568-6218 or at osarp@jmu.edu.

OSARP will provide at least one more email prior to the start of classes regarding any other final updates to the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook.

July 14, 2020:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) made changes to the JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook. The updated version of the JMU Student Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

The changes to the JMU Student Handbook were implemented as a result of recent legislation passed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and became effective July 1, 2020. The first piece of legislation provides specific standards for postsecondary institutions to implement in cases that may result in suspension or expulsion from the university.  The second piece of legislation adds a provision to the current transcript law for sexual violence cases, which allows students to contact OSARP to request the removal of a notation for good cause shown.

OSARP has updated the processes and student’s rights within the Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to adhere to these requirements. The JMU Student Handbook was updated to incorporate this legislation, 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."

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 OSARP at 540-568-6218 or at osarp@jmu.edu.

To view a list of revisions made for the 2019-2020 JMU Student Handbook, click here.

If other approved updates occur throughout the academic year, you will be notified of those changes via email.  In order to stay informed, please be on the lookout for any of these updates.

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