Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
JMU Office of the President
Title:
Office of the President: Disciplinary Records
Collection No.:
UA 0039
Date:
1949-1993
Extent:
6 boxes, 1.82 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993 is comprised of correspondence, memos, reports, and documents that pertain to student disciplinary proceedings headed by the Honor Council, Student Council and Faculty Judiciary Committee, and Judiciary Committee spanning the G. Tyler Miller and Ronald Carrier administrations.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, UA 0039, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

An honor code with rules regarding classwork and examinations was likely established in 1909, at the time of the school's founding. Beginning in 1912, the rules of the Honor System were printed in the Student Handbook, which was maintained by the YWCA. An Honor Committee, composed of twelve people representing each class, was in charge of investigating infractions, holding trials, and enacting penalties. All convictions had to be approved by the faculty.

In 1915, the student body applied to the faculty for the right to self-government, and after approval, the officers of the Honor Committee became the first officers of the student government organization, the Student Association of the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. Its stated purpose was to "preserve student honor; to regulate the conduct of the students of the school; and to enforce such regulations of the institution as do not fall exclusively within the province of the faculty." The Student Association then became responsible for enforcing the school's honor system, and the Student Council, comprised of the executive members of the Student Association, were tasked with overseeing disciplinary matters. In the 1920s a jury system was established, which allowed members of the student body to sit with the Student Council during disciplinary hearings and make recommendations.

In 1946, the college ammended the language of the Honor System so that it covered "all cases involving cheating, lying, stealing or failure to report on the above breaches of honor." It went into effect in 1947 and was administrated by the newly formed Honor Council. The Council was headed by an elected member of the senior class, as well as three members from each of the upper classes and two from the freshmen. In 1950, a men's representative joined the Council.

In 1954 President G. Tyler Miller established the Faculty Judiciary Committee to review more serious disciplinary actions recommended by the Student Government Association or the Honor Council. Beginning in the 1971 school year, President Ronald E. Carrier dissolved the Faculty Judiciary Committee and formed the College Judicial Council, which was composed of five faculty and five students, with the Dean serving as a nonvoting Chairman of the Council. 

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Scope and Content

Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993 is comprised of correspondence, memos, reports, and documents that pertain to student disciplinary proceedings spanning the G. Tyler Miller and Ronald Carrier administrations. Documents are authored by various committees involved in the disciplinary process, including members of the Student Government Association, Student Council, Administrative Council, Honor Council, Faculty Judiciary Committee, and the College Judiciary Committee.

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Arrangement

Documents are arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is closed due to FERPA restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Records were transferred from the Office of the President, February 2000.

Processing Information

Files had been labelled and minimally processed, and were formerly assigned the collection number PR 2000-0516.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Disciplinary Papers, Box 7-8, Office of the President: G. Tyler Miller Papers, 1941-1998, UA 0025, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Disciplinary Reports, Box 26-28, JMU Student Government Association Records, UA 0007, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Administrative reports

Subject

  • James Madison University -- History
  • James Madison University -- Students
  • James Madison University -- Administration
  • Madison College -- History
  • Madison College -- Students
  • Madison College -- Administration

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Bibliography

Dingledine, Raymond C. "Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958." Harrisonburg VA: Madison College, 1959.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Disciplinary Records, October 1949 - June 1950 box 1 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, August 1950-March 1951 box 1 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, June 1951 – May 1952 box 1 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, August 1952 – May 1953 box 1 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, July 1953 – June 1954 box 2 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, July 1954 – June 1955 box 2 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, July 1955 – June 1956 box 2 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, May 1956 – June 1957 box 2 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, August 1957 – August 1958 box 2 folder 5
Disciplinary Records, May 1958 – May 1959 box 2 folder 6
Disciplinary Records, June 1959 – May 1960 box 2 folder 7
Disciplinary Records, July 1960 – May 1961 box 3 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, June 1961 – May 1962 box 3 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, September 1962 – May 1963 box 3 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, July 1963 – May 1964 box 3 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, July 1964 – December 1964 box 3 folder 5
Disciplinary Records, January 1965 – June 1965 box 3 folder 6
Disciplinary Records, August 1965 – December 1965 box 4 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, March 1966 – May 1966 box 4 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, July 1966 – May 1967 box 4 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, July 1967 – May 1968 box 4 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, June 1968 – December 1968 box 4 folder 5
Disciplinary Records, January 1969 – June 1964 box 4 folder 6
Disciplinary Records, September 1969 – May 1970 box 5 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, June 1970 – July 1971 box 5 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, August 1971 – April 1972 box 5 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, July 1972 – August 1973 box 5 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, November 1973 – August 1974 box 5 folder 5
Disciplinary Records, September 1974 – May 1975 box 5 folder 6
Disciplinary Records, August 1975 – June 1976 box 5 folder 7
Disciplinary Records, September 1976 – June 1977 box 6 folder 1
Disciplinary Records, September 1977 – May 1978 box 6 folder 2
Disciplinary Records, June 1978 – June 1979 box 6 folder 3
Disciplinary Records, September 1979 – June 1980 box 6 folder 4
Disciplinary Records, September 1980 – May 1981 box 6 folder 5
Disciplinary Records, December 1981 – June 1982 box 6 folder 6
Disciplinary Records, August 1982 – August 1983 box 6 folder 7
Disciplinary Records, October 1984 – July 1986 box 6 folder 8
Disciplinary Records, May 1992 – May 1993 box 6 folder 9