Student Handbook 2020-2021

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a model of student conduct that is focused around the idea of repairing harm and rebuilding the Keuka Community's trust in the offender. Restorative Justice includes input from offenders, victims, and community members in building outcomes to heal communities, it challenges the offender to have a better understanding of their communal impact and responsibilities, and it hopes takes positive steps towards improving the community.

While Restorative Justice can be a useful tool for bringing our community back together. It is not appropriate for all violations of the Student Code of Conduct. No incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, discriminatory or bias related harassment, or sexual violence will be considered for Restorative Justice.

If a student wishes to employ Restorative Justice at Keuka College, that student must:

  • Make an appointment and speak with the Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards.
  • If the Assistant Director decides that the incident can employ Restorative Justice, they will reach out to the other involved party. No one should feel compelled to participate.
  • If both parties agree to employ Restorative Justice, the Assistant Director will assign Restorative Justice facilitators and arrange a Restorative Circle.
  • Both parties may bring a support person to the Restorative Circle. A limited number of affected community members may also be invited.
  • The Restorative Circle has an expectation of confidentiality, so that everyone can share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and expectations. Everyone will have an opportunity to speak.
  • If the Restorative Circle can come to an amenable agreement and outcome, it will be submitted to the Assistant Director for approval. If the Restorative Circle can not reach an outcome, the case will be resubmitted to the Assistant Director and the formal conduct process will resume.
  • If the Assistant Director approves the agreement reached by the Restorative Circle then the incident will not be adjudicated through the formal discipline process. The incident will be considered resolved, and will not enter the formal student record for the offender, unless the individual re-offends.
  • If the offender commits the same violation again, Restorative Justice will not be considered. If the offender is found responsible, the incident will be treated as a second violation, regardless of the outcome of the Restorative Circle.