Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices is James Madison University’s restorative justice and accountability practices for students violating policy of the JMU student handbook.
Overview of Data
- Drug sanctions for three academic years, 2015-2018
Problems with Data
- Excluded alcohol, the most prominent substance on campus, from the data given to SSDP
- Every time a drug charge resulted in a sanction, may get multiple sanctions for same offense
- Every students gets probation and could get Calling the Shots, hard to quantify how many students actually got disciplined
- Major and minor violations are counted in the major violation sets
- Could have minor possession, and major violation
- Doesn’t entail disciplinary history, what students and what demographics are getting certain charges
Breakdown of Charges
- Minor offense is what courts would count as a misdemeanor
- Major offense, felony type offenses
- On campus
- Most typical RA or UPD involved
- If drug use is present and drug is not present, or simply paraphernalia, there might not be criminal charge
- School requires Preponderance over beyond a reasonable doubt
- If there is questionable evidence then you will be brought in for questioning
Off Campus Charges
- For off campus charges, OSARP waits for the students to go through criminal process
- Gets arrests report from HPD in City of Harrisonburg and checks against JMU student database regularly
- HPD may not be telling the school who might be at large or arrests from other jurisdictions
Campus police are own entity, they have school records like what classes a student takes
- Not too sure on the jurisdiction of the RUSH Drug Task force and how campus police play into that
Process for Sanctions
Drug Sanctions Visualized
- Only 1 on campus expelled from housing for minor drug offense, only 1 for the whole set of 3 year data
- 1 on campus major offense where no charge was placed
- Restitution and recommendation used but not common
- Restorative circle new for drug offenses
- University Health Consultation just introduced
Type of Sanctions
- Probation and Calling the Shots program remain most prominent sanction
- In the past 3 years only 1 drug related expulsion
- Reflections programs also prominent
- New programs like UHC Consultation
- Many programs workshop based
Raw Table DataOSARp Drug Sanctions Count 2015-2018
Questions we still have for OSARP
- What type of drug charges?
- What is the demographic breakdown of students being sanctioned?
- Is there certain people who have many charges?
- How much money is spent per sanction or per student?
- What is the recidivism rate for OSARP?
- How appeals process works? https://www.jmu.edu/osarp/_files/Petition_for_Appeal_1819.docx#Petition%20for%20Appeal%20Form