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Student Handbook Updates

September 11, 2020:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) has updated the 2020-2021 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook (Handbook). The updated version of the Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

Specifically, OSARP changed the Interim Suspension Process so that cases where the Interim Suspension Status was implemented in response to behavior prohibited by the "Stop the Spread" agreement, the Accountability Board Case Review will be heard by a University Case Administrator along with any other alleged policy violations determined from the documentation.

The above information was vetted and approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs, as required by the section in the 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 Handbook outlines the Accountability Process, Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, and Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication Process – the processes used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process, Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, and Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication 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.

August 20, 2020:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) has updated the 2020-2021 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook (Handbook). The updated version of the Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

Some of the updates made to the 2020-2021 Handbook that have not already been announced are as follows:

  • OSARP made revisions to the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process and Sexual Misconduct policy. The Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process will be the process used to address prohibited behavior outlined in the Sexual Misconduct policy.

  • In response to the decriminalization of marijuana possession in the Commonwealth of Virginia as of July 1, 2020, OSARP clarified its response to marijuana use and/or possession on and off campus. Although personal possession of marijuana has been decriminalized, marijuana, of any amount, still remains illegal in Virginia. Additionally, marijuana is still not permitted on-campus as delineated in the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Therefore, OSARP will continue to adjudicate cases of alleged violations of the Drugs policy for marijuana possession that is brought to its attention from locations both on-campus and in the local Harrisonburg/Rockingham area.

  • OSARP added information to the Handbook about conducting processes virtually. Due to COVID-19 recommendations, OSARP will primarily use video conferencing technology to adjudicate cases, which will be communicated to students in email notification.

  • OSARP added information regarding Alternative Methods of Instruction Delivery, Room and Board, Refunds, and Room and Tuition Deposits to the Other JMU Policies section of the Handbook.

In addition to the above updates made to the Handbook, OSARP added student guidelines and expectations for face covering and LiveSafe app use to its website. Please visit https://www.jmu.edu/osarp/facecoveringexpectations/index for more information on this topic, as well as potential outcomes for not complying with these expectations.

The above information and other procedural updates were incorporated into the Handbook, 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 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 Handbook outlines the Accountability Process, Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, and Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication Process – the processes used to resolve allegations of student misconduct, as well as the rights of a student in the Accountability Process, Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process, and Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication 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.

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.


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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