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Restorative Practices

The Office of Community Standards & Civility incorporates many of the tenants of Restorative Justice into everyday practices. These aspects align with the universities values and mission to educate the whole student with active accountability to oneself and community. Below, you will find information on Restorative Justice as well as links to programs and services Community Standards & Civility offers.

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice (RJ) processes address incidents of harm by actively engaging impacted parties in collaborative efforts to obtain resolutions which foster the well-being of all involved. 

Our programs provide an opportunity for students to participate in restorative justice when they have engaged in behavior that violates the Code of Conduct and/or community standards.

Through facilitated dialogue, participants share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences about the incident.  They also identify impacted parties, the negative impacts that have occurred, and collectively agree on steps to move forward.

There are 4 key tenants of Restorative Justice:
  1. Active Accountability: RJ makes accountability active as offender takes responsibility and makes amends.
  2. Inclusive Decision Making: RJ places decision making in the hands of the people who care most.
  3. Repairing Harm: RJ focuses on reparation and healing to bring harmed parties up rather than drag the offender down.
  4. Rebuilding Trust: RJ rebuilds relationships so that offenders can be trusted again and harmed parties can feel safe again.

RJ is a philosophy applied to various situations across our campus. If you feel you have a situation in which you feel RJ can be used, please contact our office. Listed are various ways students can currently engage in RJ:

Programs/opportunities offered by Community Standards & Civility infusing restorative practices.
Story Circles
Through storytelling and open ended questions, students, faculty and staff share their understanding and their beliefs concerning the UD community. This circle discussion is an exploration into how different people within the community view the celebrations and concerns within our daily interactions on campus. The circle includes topics such as how we support one another, how alcohol impacts our lives, the culture of the campus community, the student neighborhoods and more.
A program that students can utilize to end their term of probation early by completing several exercises involving reflection, community involvement and rebuilding relationships within the community. Interested students should email to learn more.
A program that students can utilize to block or "shield" their conduct record from other schools (law school, medical school, graduate school, etc.) by completing several exercises involving reflection, community involvement and rebuilding relationships within the community. Interested students should email to learn more.
Flyer Legacy
A program built specifically for our students returning from suspension in order to reintegrate into the larger community at UD upon their return. This focuses on repairing harm and providing support to the returning student.

Community Standards and Civility

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0964