It all began in 2010...
Conflict Studies major Chelsey Jonason '11 spent her senior year working with then Conflict Studies professor, Jeremy Rinker, building the framework for what we know today as the Restorative Justice program. She worked with Community Standards integrating the ideas that she had spent her collegiate years learning about to create this program.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice was founded at DePauw because the current justice system in use, Retributive Justice, which focuses on the punishment for the offender after a conflict occurs, was not sufficient for our small community interactions. Restorative Justice is meant to repair the harm and give closure to the victim in a conflict as well as give the offender a chance to take action and apologize for what they did.
Why do we care?
Here at DePauw, Restorative Justice is crucial in maintaining a small campus community at its highest standards. We have to live and work with one another very closely. Moreover, DePauw is residing within the community of Greencastle. There are no fences or gates keeping our students from wandering into Greencastle. DePauw's long and active tradition of greek life has many positives but also, realistically, means that there will be the occasional incident. It is up to us to work with these incidents to maintain a healthy relationship between DePauw and Greencastle.
Community Standards and Restorative Justice
Should you find yourself in a Community Standards meeting and are faced with the option of Restorative Justice, this is what will happen should you accept:
- You already feel badly about what happened causing you to end up in a Community Standards meeting and have expressed intrest in fixing the damage.
- You will receive an email from a Restorative Justice trained facilitator who will set up a time to meet, one-on-one, to hear your side of the story and get an understanding of the case.
- After this meeting, you and the facilitators will work to find a time that works for all parties involved to meet for the facilitated conference.
- At the conference, all parties will get a chance to talk, share their sides and perspectives of the story.
- The group will then work to find a mutually agreeable solution to make repairs to the relationship, property, or whatever else is deemed necessary.
- All parties involved will sign the accountability agreement, which is forwarded back to Meggan Johnston of Community Standards.