Assess Policies, Explore and Incorporate New Methodologies and Remain Compliant
Institutional student conduct cases can be fraught with emotional and psychological difficulty for the students participating. Regardless of the diligence and care that conduct professionals take to create transparent and navigable processes, the processes can be challenging and weighty for the individuals trying to navigate them. That difficulty, combined with ongoing conversations about all forms of punishment and related rehabilitation (the criminal justice system and beyond), alternatives to formal investigation and hearings are gaining increasing traction in student conduct cases.
Restorative justice practices like mediation and other information resolution processes provide opportunities for transformational and healing outcomes and are supportive partners to the educational aspects of college conduct.
Our campus legal expert explores restorative justice alternatives and lay a foundation of case law, recent resolution agreements, state statutes, and the proposed regulations to get a sense of where the field is leaning as it relates to the incorporation of restorative justice practices, including mediation and other informal resolution processes.
You’ll be able to assess your policies, explore and incorporate new methodologies and remain compliant with regulations to help ensure success with restorative justice practices on your campus.
Gain actionable takeaways so you can:
- Determine whether or not to incorporate restorative justice practices, including mediation and other informal resolution processes, into your student conduct system – assess your policies to determine if you are able to incorporate these new methodologies and, if so, in what compliant ways.
- Define mediation, arbitration, and other informal resolution methods as they are terms of art and require particularized training to successfully engage in those practices – understand the role of the mediator so you can successfully identify who at your institution may be best suited to serve in that role (once appropriately trained)
- Explore restorative justice processes from start to finish so you can make educated decisions for your campus.
- Discuss the creation of a process/policy that incorporates restorative justice options from the initial request for restorative justice by the parties.
- Determine the structure of the process itself, to “escape valves” should parties want/need to transition to a different or more formal process.
- Consider the imposition of an outcome.
- Engage in relevant follow up thereafter
- Explore appropriate outcomes utilizing the restorative justice model to create a framework for resolution that emphasizes the educational component of the process in addition to providing a mutually agreeable alleviation of the harm caused – expand beyond the current range of typical sanctions issued in the conduct process and ensure success in the restorative justice process.
Amber L. Grove is the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has served in that role since January 2016. She also serves as the Interim ADA/504 Coordinator.
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Included When You Purchase
- 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
- Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
- Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus
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