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:
- An offense has been committed that has a direct negative impact on others.
- The person who caused harm takes responsibility, expresses remorse for their actions, and wishes to try to repair harm caused.
- 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.
Restorative Justice Community Member Training
Volunteer with the SRC’s Restorative Justice Program!
Restorative Justice (RJ) attempts to address incidents of harm by fostering increased understanding, connection, and healing among those impacted by an offense. Through facilitated dialogue, participants share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences about the incident. They also identify the negative impacts that have occurred, and collectively agree on steps to move forward.
The SRC provides voluntary opportunities for students to participate in RJ after they have engaged in behavior that violates community standards and/or laws.
We are seeking CSU students, staff and faculty to participate as Community Members in CSU’s RJ processes. Community members represent the voice of the CSU community, and encourage students to consider the larger, indirect impacts, of their actions.
Volunteers will receive:
- Training on RJ philosophy, practices, and skills
- Catered lunch
- Opportunity to participate in RJ processes throughout the year.
- A free CSU RJ t-shirt
For questions, please email Brooke Wichmann
Feedback 2016 - 2017 school year
Students who had caused harm:
“The process was so amazing, it like I had control over some aspect of the situation.”
“Very Helpful, should be used by more people. Felt like I was listened to and it was good to hear the other side’s perspective.”
“RJ was instrumental in saving my career and helping repair the damage done to the community.”
“I have realized my actions, no matter how small, have implications throughout the community.”
“Very thankful our school has such a program.”
Community Members and Impacted Parties:
“What a valuable program to make available to students. Great resolution for a problem that would have ended up in the court system with a much less positive outcome for all involved.”
“I felt like this was a great process to go through. I feel the student really started to understand his impact.”
“It was excellent to hear that the party who caused harm was remorseful and willing to learn/grow from the experience.”
“I appreciate the process and feel the student has learned a great deal.”
“It was excellent to get to speak to all parties involved and get their perspective.”