Students who take responsibility for engaging in prohibited conduct that has caused serious harm (e.g., physical assault, serious and/or bias-related harassment, major theft or property damage) may be offered the opportunity to participate in a Restorative Board Hearing if deemed appropriate by the Case Administrator. Such proceedings will focus on the harm that was caused and ways that the student(s) who caused it can address and repair that harm.
Procedures. Students who have caused harm will appear before a panel of three Restorative Board members in a formal setting. During the hearing, board members discuss with the responsible party the nature of the incident and its negative impacts. Harmed parties may be present or may have their perspectives represented through impact statements. Then board members will develop a set of proposed outcomes which they discuss with the responsible party until an agreement is made about the specific actions the responsible party will take within a given time period to make reparation for the harms. Subsequently, the responsible party must document their progress in fulfilling the terms of the agreement. If no agreement is made, the case will be referred to a Student Conduct Board or Administrative Hearing.
Outcomes. Agreed upon outcomes will be focused specifically on the particular harms associated with the incident and may include a leave of absence from the University to allow a period of healing and reflective growth for all parties. If all terms of the agreement are completed in full, no official community status outcomes or further disciplinary action will result. If the terms of the agreement are not completed in full, a board-recommended outcome will be implemented.