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

Browse manuscript collections

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993

Collection No.: UA 0039
Creator: JMU Office of the President

Extent: 6 boxes; 1.82 cubic feet

Language: 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.


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 (

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

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.

Bio/Historical Note:

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. 

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.


Documents are arranged chronologically.


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

Related Material:

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.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Disciplinary Records, October 1949 - June 1950
Disciplinary Records, August 1950-March 1951
Disciplinary Records, June 1951 – May 1952
Disciplinary Records, August 1952 – May 1953
Disciplinary Records, July 1953 – June 1954
Disciplinary Records, July 1954 – June 1955
Disciplinary Records, July 1955 – June 1956
Disciplinary Records, May 1956 – June 1957
Disciplinary Records, August 1957 – August 1958
Disciplinary Records, May 1958 – May 1959
Disciplinary Records, June 1959 – May 1960
Disciplinary Records, July 1960 – May 1961
Disciplinary Records, June 1961 – May 1962
Disciplinary Records, September 1962 – May 1963
Disciplinary Records, July 1963 – May 1964
Disciplinary Records, July 1964 – December 1964
Disciplinary Records, January 1965 – June 1965
Disciplinary Records, August 1965 – December 1965
Disciplinary Records, March 1966 – May 1966
Disciplinary Records, July 1966 – May 1967
Disciplinary Records, July 1967 – May 1968
Disciplinary Records, June 1968 – December 1968
Disciplinary Records, January 1969 – June 1964
Disciplinary Records, September 1969 – May 1970
Disciplinary Records, June 1970 – July 1971
Disciplinary Records, August 1971 – April 1972
Disciplinary Records, July 1972 – August 1973
Disciplinary Records, November 1973 – August 1974
Disciplinary Records, September 1974 – May 1975
Disciplinary Records, August 1975 – June 1976
Disciplinary Records, September 1976 – June 1977
Disciplinary Records, September 1977 – May 1978
Disciplinary Records, June 1978 – June 1979
Disciplinary Records, September 1979 – June 1980
Disciplinary Records, September 1980 – May 1981
Disciplinary Records, December 1981 – June 1982
Disciplinary Records, August 1982 – August 1983
Disciplinary Records, October 1984 – July 1986
Disciplinary Records, May 1992 – May 1993

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, March 2018