Federal Judge Decides Due Process Violation Case against JMU

On Tuesday, April 25, Federal Judge Elizabeth Dillon issued a Final Order and Judgment in favor of Plaintiff, an anonymous former JMU student John Doe, finding that JMU violated Doe’s Constitutional right to due process in its investigation of a sexual misconduct charge brought against him by a fellow student.

Dillon’s order vacates the finding of responsibility against Doe and the sanctions imposed. He now has the opportunity to withdraw from JMU in good standing or to be readmitted, though the Order provides that “if plaintiff elects to reenroll as a student at JMU, defendants are permitted to allow further disciplinary proceedings against plaintiff on Jane Roe’s December 10, 2014 appeal. The court makes no determination as to whether the appeal is proper under JMU’s current policy.”

Click here to read the full Order.

Click here to read the accompanying Opinion.