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Student Handbook Updates

September 3, 2021:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) has updated the 2021-2022 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook (Handbook). The updated version of the Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

First, OSARP revised the Title IX Sexual Harassment Adjudication Process to address a recent change to the Title IX regulations from the Victim Rights Law Center et al. v. Cardona decision and subsequent response from the Office of Civil Rights on August 24, 2021.  According to the response from OCR, “a decision-maker at a postsecondary institution may now consider statements made by parties or witnesses that are otherwise permitted under the regulations, even if those parties or witnesses do not participate in cross-examination at the live hearing, in reaching a determination regarding responsibility in a Title IX grievance process.”  Secondly, OSARP made an update to the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Appeal Review processes to include details on what the appeal outcome would be if it was determined that the Title IX Coordinator or an Investigator for Title IX was found to have a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or the individual Complainant or Respondent that affected the outcome of the matter. Finally, OSARP updated the sanctioning section to provide more clarity.

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 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 19, 2021:

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) has published the 2021-2022 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook (Handbook). The Handbook is available exclusively at www.jmu.edu/handbook.

Some of the revisions made for the 2021-2022 Handbook include:

  • OSARP made changes to the Drugs policy to clarify the expectations relating to cannabis use and/or possession on and off campus in response to the legalization of cannabis in Virginia. OSARP will continue to adjudicate cases of alleged violations of the Drugs policy for cannabis use/possession.

    • Virginia law allows persons 21 years of age and older to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis or an equivalent amount of cannabis products, and to share with other persons 21 years of age and older. It is illegal for any person under the age of 21 to consume, purchase or possess, or attempt to consume, purchase or possess cannabis or marijuana products. It is illegal to sell or purchase cannabis in Virginia. It is illegal to consume cannabis or cannabis products in public spaces. OSARP will see off-campus cannabis cases that do not comply with VA law.

    • Additionally, federal law prohibits possession and/or use of cannabis on college campuses that receive federal funding. Since JMU receives federal funding, OSARP will continue to see any cannabis possession or use cases on campus for anyone, regardless of age.

  • OSARP added references to the University Policy 1324 process, which is the process used by the Office of Equal Opportunity to address incidents of discrimination and harassment that does not fall within the scope of sexual harassment.

    • The Harassment policy in the Handbook was also revised to remove behavior that would be addressed by the University Policy 1324 process, since it would not be addressed by OSARP.

  • OSARP made updates to the Sexual Misconduct policy relating to the definitions of sexual assault and hostile environment to align with updates being made to University Policy 1340: Sexual Misconduct. OSARP also revised the appeal section of the Sexual Misconduct Accountability Process to include the ability to appeal based on a conflict of interest or bias by the Title IX Coordinator, Investigator(s), or Decision-Maker(s).

The above information and other procedural updates incorporated into the Handbook were 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 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 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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