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At Gallaudet, Student Accountability and Restorative Practices utilizes practices derived from Restorative Justice principles, which may not align with typical Restorative Justice procedures, to address instances of conflict that arise in the community. The purpose of a restorative process is to bring together all parties involved in an incident for the purpose of addressing the harms associated with the conflict. This affords the opportunity for discussion of varying points of view and an opportunity to gain a better understanding of those involved.
Restorative processes can be requested by students, organizations, community members, or sanctioned as a result of the Disciplinary Process. Typically, before parties come together for a restorative process, an intake meeting will be held in which a facilitator will determine whether the conflict, and the participant(s), are a good fit for a restorative process and if so, the most appropriate method of response. However, the facilitator(s), in consultation with the Director of SARP or designee, reserves the right to alter this procedure in order to uphold the intent of the Restorative Practices process.
There are numerous methods of restorative processes that can engage all stakeholders, including apology letters, conflict coaching, facilitated dialogue, shuttle negotiation, restorative conferences or restorative circles. The context and the needs of those involved will be taken into consideration when determining how best to repair and address the harms caused by a given conflict.
The following applies to the intake meeting of a restorative process:
If it is decided a restorative process will be pursued, the following applies to the Restorative Practice Process:
Details of the restorative process are kept confidential by SARP staff members and volunteer facilitators to the extent permissible by law, except for a brief report from the facilitator to any referring party and the appropriate administrator(s) that an agreement has been signed by the parties. The facilitator will also report to the above parties if an impasse is reached and no agreement is forthcoming. This permits further exploration of other options for resolution of the conflict. However, if a threat to the health, safety or security of any member of the university community becomes a concern to the facilitator, they will inform the parties that appropriate authorities must be notified.
EFFECTIVE DATE: AUGUST 21, 2020
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