January 26, 2016

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Program

The RJ program at CSU aims to help students who take responsibility for actions that have caused harm to individuals, groups and the Fort Collins Community.

A process that brings together those who were impacted by an offense, in order to:

  • Discuss thoughts and feelings about what occurred.
  • Identify the direct and indirect harms that resulted.
  • Agree on what can be done to repair harm and restore relationships.

Person(s) directly harmed.

Participating in a RJ conference gives impacted parties a voice in the justice process.  There is the opportunity to ask questions, talk about the harms experienced, and advocate for one’s needs. 

Person(s) whose behavior negatively impacted individuals and/or the community.

Restorative Justice gives offending parties the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, be accountable for repairing the harm they caused, and rebuild relationships within the community.

Individuals who represent the voice of the CSU and/or the Fort Collins Community, including police officers, students, residents, business owners, faculty, and staff. 

 Community members speak to the direct and indirect consequences of an offense.  They provide ideas of how harms may be repaired and what actions can be taken to positively contribute to the larger community.

When is restorative justice appropriate?

A restorative justice conference may be appropriate when:

  1. An offense has been committed that has a direct negative impact on others.
  2. The person who caused harm takes responsibility, expresses remorse for their actions, and wishes to try to repair harm caused.
  3. The impacted parties are interested in participating in the process.

Is participation required?

No.  Participation is always voluntary for all individuals.

What are the benefits of participating?

Participating in a RJ conference gives individuals an opportunity to have a voice in the justice process.  Everyone present has the opportunity to share their perspective on what happened, the impact it had on them, ask questions, and advocate for what they want/need moving forward.

In previous restorative justice sessions, 100% of respondents who participated in the process agreed the discussion helped to repair the harm caused by the incident.

Is the conference confidential?

In most circumstances, information shared will be kept confidential. Exceptions under the law include a subpoena, imminent danger to yourself and others, child abuse, sexual harassment and discrimination. These must be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity and/or another appropriate authority. If your situation does not involve any of these circumstances, then all contacts, records, and communications will be kept confidential at Conflict Resolution Services.

I think an RJ conference may be beneficial for my situation. How do I get started?

Call the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and ask speak to one of our Conflict Resolution staff.

I would like to volunteer as a community member.

Email Brooke.Wichmann@colostate.edu to inquire about upcoming training opportunities.

For all questions, or if you are interested in participating in the CSU Restorative Justice program, please contact Brooke Wichmann at Brooke.Wichmann@ColoState.edu.