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The Restorative Practices unit cultivates our community by building connections, fostering empathy, and facilitating meaningful conversations. 

Restorative Practices at JMU

By using restorative justice practices, we hope to encourage students to take active responsibility for their actions and work within the JMU community to repair and heal any harm created by misconduct. OSARP creates a safe space for all involved parties to have their concerns heard and work with participants to help address concerns in the best possible way for them. This approach allows individual growth, while promoting community and empowering participants to repair the harm that has happened.

Restorative practices comes from the larger theoretical framework of restorative justice. The philosophy behind restorative justice considers the importance of harms created during a conflict or violation, the needs of those impacted by the conflict, the obligations of the person who created the harm, and the engagement from community members who might be directly or indirectly affected by the harm.

For more details on the logistics of Restorative Practices at JMU, visit the Restorative Practices section of the JMU Student Handbook.

Why Restorative Practices?

Participating in a Restorative Process has several benefits:

  • Encourages individuals to take responsibility for their actions
  • Allows individuals to play an active role in repairing harms they have created
  • Provides an opportunity for everyone’s perspective to be heard in the process
  • Encourages peers to seek understanding & rebuild trust
  • Allows for a higher level of learning/reflection about how one's actions impact their community
  • Enhances skills the student will use beyond JMU
  • Develops strategies for expressing feelings and understanding each other

Examples of uses:

  • Community building circles
  • Setting expectations and shared values
  • Affirmation and support circles
  • Interpersonal harm
  • Roommate disagreements and disputes
  • Destruction of property
  • Theft
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