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Reframing how we approach conflict on campus.

The Restorative Justice Coalition is exploring restorative practices as a response to conflict and harm that occurs at MSU Denver. The Dean of Students Office, who initiated the Coalition, wants to involve our MSU Denver community to share their knowledge and experiences to collectively envision restorative justice at MSU Denver. Allowing a more holistic approach for our campus community needs with conflict resolution and accountability.

Like many other colleges and universities, MSU Denver has a Student Code of Conduct and specific processes to address violations of community standards. Conduct processes have historically been centered in dominant notions of accountability, mirroring the criminal justice system in process and language. The MSU Denver Dean of Students Office recognizes that the current approach to student conduct can lead to inequity like that of the criminal justice system and can also be insufficient in addressing the needs and harms that have resulted from wrongdoing.

Restorative practices offer a different lens in addressing harm and accountability. To restorative principles of relationship and interconnectedness, the coalition will help address the systems that have contributed to what happened for all parties. It is an opportunity to be more truly community-focused and conflict-positive, while meeting the needs of our students, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and others whose voices have been traditionally marginalized.

The Coalition will also explore other ways to use restorative approaches to community and relationship building on campus.

More Details about the Coalition

The coalition will be facilitated in a restorative format, following circle practices, and will include a broad representation of students, faculty, and staff.

The coalition will use consensus decision-making to help us collaborate and make decisions. Looking through the lens of social justice and anti-racism, the coalition will explore how we can build community through conflict at MSU Denver.

Meeting topics may include:

  • Justice, accountability, and equity
  • restorative justice & social justice
  • Partners in restorative justice on campus and in the community
  • Guidance on implementation for MSU Denver
  • Review & recommend changes in the Student Code of Conduct
  • Campus involvement and engagement

As a student, why join the coalition?

In addition to connecting with others within the MSU Denver community to create change and an environment rooted in restorative justice, you will gain experience in skills with:

  • problem-solving
  • facilitation
  • conflict resolution
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • consensus decision-making

Get Involved

Contact Elise Krumholz, Coordinator of Student Conflict Resolution Services at [email protected]

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by an incident of wrongdoing or by conflict.

Restorative justice is a collaborative process that brings together the involved parties to address what happened, the impacts and needs of all involved, and what can be done to repair the harm that has been caused.

Storytelling and recognizing the harms that the stakeholders have experienced is at the center of a restorative dialogue. This community-centered approach embraces active accountability, listening, and repair. Restorative justice is also a relational approach to conflict and wrongdoing, rather than a punitive one where the focus is primarily on the violation and punishment.

This collaborative process invites the participants to identify and address the needs of the parties and may result in a restorative agreement in which participants mutually develop a plan with specific resolutions. To ensure a successful process, restorative justice is voluntary and requires the responsible party(ies) to take responsibility for the harm and to be willing to repair the harm caused.

Download our Restorative Justice at MSU Denver Flyer for more information about the restorative justice process.

Have Questions?

Contact Elise Krumholz, Coordinator for Student Conflict Resolution Services

303-605-7018

[email protected]