What is Restorative Justice?
“Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible." - Howard Zehr
The Office of Student Conduct uses Restorative Justice (RJ) as a conflict-resolution method that emphasizes repairing harm members of the community inflict on one another. Participants collaborate to create resolutions that address the harms created by the behavior with the goal of restoring the community’s trust in the responsible party. Through dialogue led by trained facilitators, participants share the incident’s impact, identify implications of the behavior, and collectively agree on steps to move forward.