Restorative Practices 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.
Why Restorative Practices?
- It involves the community and the victims, not just conduct officers and offenders.
- It measures success by how much harm is repaired or prevented, not how much punishment is inflicted.
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Restorative Practices Process
- Harm is caused
- Offender meets with a Conduct Officer
- Office of Student Conduct deems the case suitable for Restorative Justice
- Conduct Officer introduces process to offender
- Conduct Officer introduces process to victim and determines if victim wants to participate
- Restorative Conference held
- Agreement is reached
- Harm is repaired, trust in offender is reestablished and community is rebuilt