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At its most basic level, restorative justice is a way for an individual to take responsibility for any harm they may have caused to another individual or the community. This process allows for all parties affected (victim, offender, and community) to process how the harm can be restored for the individuals involved. On a college campus, students, staff, faculty, and other on and off campus community members may find that they have been affected directly or indirectly by an individual or group’s behavior. Restorative justice practices can provide space for profound learning moments and reparation.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IS DRIVEN BY FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
SUPPORTING THE STUDENT CONDUCT MISSION AND VISION THROUGH RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
To further support the mission and vision of the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Pikeville, restorative justice practices will allow students to experience taking personal responsibility for harm that has been caused to an individual and/or community. It will empower harmed parties to confront issues that have occurred and the individual/s who acted as the offender/s. Finally this will be a way for community members to take ownership of problems in their community, further demonstrating a culture of responsibility and accountability.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, RESTORATIVE CONFERENCES: