There are several steps in the restorative process, beginning with the referral and ending with a follow-up or exit meeting. This process can range from a few days, to a few weeks, depending upon the number of people involved. 

    1. Referral: Students, faculty, staff, or other community members may refer a case to OSARP. This case can be the result of an actual student conduct violation as outlined in the handbook, or can be the result of a conflict or harm created that is not in direct violation of the student conduct code. To refer a case to restorative practices, please call our office at 540-568-6218.

    2. Intake meeting: After the referral, all available and relevant participants meet either together or individually with a facilitator at OSARP. This allows the facilitator to get to know the participants, and hear all sides of the story.
    3. Develop a restorative plan of action: Based on the information provided at the intake meeting, a restorative plan of action is developed and the actual process used is established. This can involve using conflict coaching, facilitated dialogues, or circle processes. 

    4. Develop guidelines will all participants: The facilitator will work with participants to develop general rules and principles about how to get the most out of the chosen restorative method. 

    5. Facilitate the process: The actual chosen restorative method will take place between all participants. The time the methods take range from one session to several sessions, depending on the needs of the participants. 
    6. Follow-up: After the process, the participants may be required to take action steps to address the situation and/or to repair any harms created. 

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