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 processes may be utilized to give the impacted parties greater voice in the resolution.
In order for restorative practices to be employed, the student who caused harm must accept responsibility for their actions and agree to participate fully in the process, to hear the way they 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 processes may be utilized in a conference setting involving directly 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, the effects they have seen from the incident, and their desired outcomes to rebuild trust and reintegrate the person who caused harm in to the community.
As a group, outcomes to restore the harm will be identified by consensus of the group. These outcome will be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standard for implementation as a settlement agreement consistent with UWS Chapter 17.
We are actively seeking volunteers to serve as community representatives and develop facilitation skills to continue to grow the program.