Restorative Justice Practices at LMU
In alignment with Loyola Marymount University's mission of education of the whole person, Restorative Practices are based on principles that emphasize the importance of positive relationships as central to building community and involve processes that restore relationships when harm has occurred. Restorative Practices utilize tools to help build a sense of connection and processes such as Restorative Conferencing to repair relationships when conflict naturally occurs. Restorative Practices asserts that in assisting others to make changes to behavior, it is most effective if one works with others, as the likelihood of cooperation and accountability increases. The goal is to elevate voice and agency of students, staff, faculty and other community members.
In order for accountability to thrive, people appreciate when there are spaces to speak the truth of experience, and perspective, even if there is non-agreement.
The Office of Student Conduct & Community Responsibility (OSCCR) has been engaging in a partnership with LMU's Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) since summer 2018. The LMU CURes' Restorative Justice Project provides communities with safe, inclusive and effective tools to help develop relationships while building and maintaining a healthy environment. OSCCR formally implemented Restorative Practices in fall 2018.
The Restorative Conference brings everyone affected by harm, along with their supporters, together to provide an opportunity to resolve things collectively. The goal of this process is to hold people accountable for their actions and to give everyone a chance to be heard with a focus on how things could be resolved to move forward. This process requires a trained, neutral Restorative Conferencing facilitator to ask the group three key questions.
- What happened?
- Who has been affected and how?
- What can be done to repair the harm?
Community Building and Problem-Solving Circles
Embodying a participatory, egalitarian and meaningful way to enhance and strengthen the campus community, these conversations break down barriers and in the case of problem-solving circles, offer a process for decision-making. The aim is to help build a positive campus climate where everyone can potentially feel heard and valued. A trained, neutral LMU facilitator would ask a group to determine the topic(s) ahead of time.
- Provide a safe and structured space for voluntary group conversations.
- Offer a way for the group to express their concerns and generate action plans.
In response to Student Conduct Code violations, the initial determination of eligibility for a Restorative Justice process will be left to the discretion of OSCCR and OSCCR reserves the right to terminate the process at any time. OSCCR may opt to postpone initiation of the conduct process in matters deemed potentially appropriate for a Restorative Justice Process.
To request assistance with a conflict, please contact OSCCR at (310) 338-1821 or email@example.com and a member of our team will follow up with you. Facilitators are also available to support campus partners and student groups by facilitating training sessions and presentations by request.
Conflict Resolution is not appropriate for emergency or crisis situations. If you are concerned for your own or another's safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (310) 338-2893.