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What are Restorative Practices?


Restorative practices are at the core of OSARP’s work with students. By using restorative practices, we hope to encourage students to take active responsibility for their actions, and work within the JMU community to repair and heal any harm created by misconduct. OSARP looks forward to partnering with faculty, staff and students to promote responsible citizenship with the JMU community. 

At OSARP, we provide the opportunity for students to participate in restorative practices. The idea of using restorative practices comes from the larger theoretical restorative justice framework. The philosophy behind restorative justice considers the importance of harms created during a conflict or violation, and not just the conflict or violation itself. Restorative justice also values the participation from all who might be affected by conflict or a violation, including those who have been harmed, those who caused the harm, and community members that might be directly or indirectly affected by the harm.

OSARP creates a safe space for all involved parties to have their concerns heard and work with participants to help them address concerns in the best possible way for them. This approach allows individual growth, while promoting community and empowering participants to repair the harm that has happened.

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Voluntary and Confidential

Restorative practices are typically voluntary and the information shared during a process usually is held in confidence. There may be exceptions to confidentiality if the information is determined to be a future threat to self or others. Each participant usually has the right, at any point, to suspend the process and remove themselves from the process. The facilitator also often holds the right to suspend the process if they feel it is not safe or healthy for any of the stakeholders involved.

Contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) at (540) 568-6218, for more information.

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