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 Higher-Level Restorative Conference if deemed appropriate by the Director. 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. Co-facilitators will conduct a minimum of two (2) pre-conference meetings with all participants to review the expectations of the conference and answer questions. During these pre-conference meetings the co-facilitators will discuss with all parties the range of outcomes in similar incidents at Brown. The conference will be regulated by the co-facilitators and informed by the pre-conference meetings with the participants. All participants will be asked to describe their experience of the incident and its impact before the group considers ways the student who caused harm could repair that harm. Co-facilitators will guide the conversation toward agreements that focus on active accountability, rebuilding trust, and repairing harm.

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 the agreement is fulfilled, no official community status outcomes or further disciplinary action will result. If no agreement is reached during the conference, the case will be referred to an Administrative Hearing for resolution.