In the university community, instances of conflict may arise where a restorative practice may prove to be an appropriate response to the situation. The purpose of a restorative practice is to bring together all parties involved in an incident for the purpose of addressing the harms associated with the conflict. This process affords the opportunity for discussion of varying points of view and an opportunity to gain a better understanding of those involved. 

Before parties come together for a restorative process, an intake meeting will be held in which a facilitator will determine whether the conflict is a good fit for a restorative practice and to determine the most appropriate method of response. There are numerous methods of restorative practice that can engage all stakeholders, such as mediation, conflict coaching, facilitated dialogue, or restorative justice. The context and the needs of those involved will to be taken into consideration when determining how best to repair and address the harms caused by a given conflict.

The following applies to the intake process of a restorative practice:

  • Any member of the university community may bring a conflict that negatively impacts their own status or that of other members of the university community, whether there is a policy violation or not, to an intake meeting for exploration of a restorative practice.

  • If required by a university administrator’s request, intake appointments may be mandatory. In such instances, a charge of J21-100 Non-Compliance with an Official Request could be filed for failing to show for the intake appointment.

  • An intake meeting is designed to explore options for addressing concerns in a given situation. Having the intake does not necessarily mean a future process will be pursued, as restorative practices are voluntary.

  • By law, a restorative practice process is not permissible for situations involving a possible violation of the J34-100 Sexual Misconduct policy.

  • A restorative practice process is not permissible for situations in which the process may result in a violation of the law or university policy, such as no contact orders or protective orders.

If it is decided a restorative practice will be pursued, the following applies to the restorative practice process:

  • In cases where there was or may have been a policy violation, the process is not intended to replace the criminal, civil, or university accountability process. A restorative practice at times can happen before, after, concurrently, or as an alternative to the accountability process for the resolution of student conflicts.

  • Regardless of the outcome of a restorative practice, a participant maintains the right to pursue charges through the accountability process if charges exist.

  • If a restorative practice is to be employed, all parties in conflict must agree to the process as an option for addressing their concerns.

  • All parties taking part in a process will be allowed to bring a support person.

  • All parties will have an opportunity to help develop ground rules for the process.

Details of the restorative process are kept confidential except for a brief report from the facilitator to any referring party and the appropriate administrator(s) that an agreement has been signed by the parties. The facilitator will also report to the above parties if an impasse is reached and no agreement is forthcoming. This permits further exploration of other options for resolution of the conflict. However, if a threat to the health, safety or security of any member of the university community becomes a concern to the facilitator, he or she will inform the parties that appropriate authorities must be notified.

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