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Diversity and Inclusion

The Faculty Senate supports the SGA's resolution on campus inclusivity and passed a motion of support. Those who would like to incorporate a statement of diversity and inclusion in their syllabi may consider employing language contained in a motion passed by the Faculty Senate in 2019:

James Madison University is a community dedicated to diversity and inclusivity.
As faculty, we believe that learning environments should support a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, experiences, and identities. We invite you to share anything with us that might help create a more inclusive and welcoming learning environment.


Reporting Resources for Students

Students have the right to access information and support when they experience negative interactions, microaggressions, harassment or discrimination. Several campus offices are available to respond to your concerns.

If you have experienced an accessibility challenge or have questions about disability services, contact the Office of Disability Services.  

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or have questions about sex or gender discrimination, contact the Title IX Office.

If you have experienced harassment or discrimination, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity. 

To report a violation of JMU community standards or for questions about student accountability, contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP).

To report a concern or for questions about campus diversity, equity and inclusion, contact the Office of Access and Inclusion.


Addressing Disruptive Behavior Online

Faculty can include the suggested language below in their syllabi to help manage student behavior in online classes:  

While taking online classes, students should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and do their best to minimize distractions that might compromise the ability of themselves, other students, and the instructor to have a quality learning experience. The following language in the Student Handbook applies:

Disorderly Conduct
Regardless of proximity to campus, including online and virtual environments, no student shall cause, incite or participate in any disturbance or behavior that creates excessive inconvenience, annoyance, alarm, or behavior that interrupts the orderly operation of the university or community, either on or off campus. Examples may include, but are not limited to, excessive noise, creating an unnecessary burden on university or first responder resources, and impeding a University Official, Law Enforcement Officer, or Medical Expert in the performance of their duties. 

This language can augment the technical assistance that Libraries has provided to help faculty manage disruptive behavior online.

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