Restorative Justice is an approach to criminal offending that emphasizes values of democratic participation, inclusion, and stewardship. This approach has been effectively extended to the college arena, where misconduct is not always illegal, but often a violation of campus honor codes and policies. Restorative processes help educate students about the need for civic commitment and build awareness of the impact their behavior has on the community.
Our campus is participating in a national research study of conduct processes. At the end of the Restorative Justice Conference, participants are invited to participate and then asked to complete a brief survey. The goal of this study is to evaluate student learning and change as a result of participation in a student conduct process. It is a chance for participants to share their opinion of how the conduct process went.
Campuses around the country are using different conduct practices, such as administrative hearings, student conduct board hearings, and restorative justice practices, and the study is looking at which process is most effective and the best learning experience for students. For more information, visit the STARR Project website.