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Restorative Practices at JMU

Restorative practices comes from the larger theoretical framework of restorative justice. The philosophy behind restorative justice considers the importance of harms created during a conflict or violation, the needs of those impacted by the conflict, the obligations of the person who created the harm, and the engagement from community members who might be directly or indirectly affected by the harm.

For more details on the logistics of Restorative Practices at JMU, visit the Restorative Practices section of the JMU Student Handbook

Restorative Practices Mission

By collaborating with campus and community partners, the Restorative Practices Program strives to build connections, cultivate empathy, and facilitate meaningful conversations in order to create a more restorative campus. 

Goal of Restorative Practices

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 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.

What Restorative Processes do:
  • Encourage individuals to take responsibility for their actions
  • Allow individuals to play an active role in repairing harms they have created
  • Include everyone’s perspective in the process
  • Encourage peers to seek understanding & rebuild trust
  • Help determine what the individual can do to demonstrate they are a positive member of the community
  • Allow for a higher level of learning/reflection
  • Hopefully enhance skills the student will use beyond JMU
What to Expect:

Restorative practices may be different from meetings you have attended in the past because they allow the opportunity for:

  • Sharing emotions
  • Addressing harms and needs in a polite and respectful manner
  • Telling your story and listening to others’ stories
  • Taking responsibility for your behavior
  • Forgiving past harms
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the individuals involved
  • Group decision making
  • Active listening
  • Community engagement

Participating in a Restorative Process has several benefits:

  • Increases sense of belonging
  • Increases Community awareness
  • Develops problem-solving skills
  • Improves relationships
  • Creates empathy
  • Increases the need to take responsibility
  • Develops strategies for expressing feelings
  • Promotes accountability
Contact Us

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

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