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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. 

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:

Adaptive Resolution (AR) processes such as conferences, circles, and facilitated dialogue allow individuals involved in an incident/situation to have significant influence over the resolution process including outcomes. The Adaptive Resolution process is designed to eliminate the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects in a manner that meets the needs of the 30 reporting/affected parties and/or community while still maintaining the safety of the overall campus community.
Participation in an AR process is voluntary and will only be used if (1) persons personally and/or directly affected by the conflict agree to attempt resolution through one of these processes and (2) the resolution officer believes that the process is an appropriate form of resolution and has consulted with the Director of Community Standards and Civility. The nature of some conflicts may render AR inappropriate and will be left to the discretion of the Director of Community Standards and Civility.

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 through tiered engagement from one on one meetings, reflections, and community partners.

Returning to UD? Please complete the Intent to Return form found here:

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. Interested students should email to learn more or sign up through 1850 (availability is dependent on participant sign up).


Community Standards and Civility

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0964