In certain cases, misconduct has a significant impact on others in the community. Rather than using traditional adversarial procedures asserting authority over a student who caused harm, restorative justice may be used so impacted parties have a voice in the resolution.
In order for restorative justice to be used, the student who caused harm must accept responsibility for their actions and agree to participate in the process, to hear the way their behavior impacted others, and to seek ways to repair the harm and rebuild trust. After the conference, the use of a restorative process can be determined.
Impacted parties, too, must be willing to participate, whether directly or by providing impact statements that can be presented by support people representing them.
Restorative justice may be utilized in a conference setting involving affected parties or in a larger circle when the community more broadly has been affected. Each party will have the opportunity to share their experience from the incident, and their desired outcomes to rebuild trust and reintegrate the person who caused harm. Outcomes to restore the harm will be identified by the individuals involved.
Resolution Options for Students
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards offers restorative justice-based resolution options for students who have been harmed or negatively impacted by another student. Options for resolution include:
- Conflict Coaching
- Mediation (direct or indirect)
- Restorative Justice
For students interested in learning more, please contact Ryan.Podolak@wisc.edu
Badger Academic Integrity Matters
Badger Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) is a restorative justice-based program that allows students to reflect on how their decision to commit academic misconduct impacted others and includes educational opportunities to repair harm and rebuild trust. If students follow through with the program, their record will be turned from an academic misconduct record to a non-disciplinary contact record that will not be reported out to jobs, graduate school, or other entities asking about disciplinary action. Eligible students are contacted directly by our office.
A major component of Badger AIM is a facilitated small group dialogue. Trained facilitators lead these dialogues. If you’re interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact Jennifer Van Roy.
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
724 W. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53715
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm