The Use of Restorative Justice in Sexual Misconduct Cases
Public Policy Division Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Mid-Level Senior Level
June 17, 2020 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
When students violate sexual misconduct policies, campuses primarily rely on suspensions and expulsions, paralleling the criminal justice system’s use of incarceration. These solutions are based on stigmatization and separation; however, unlike those working in the criminal justice system, student affairs administrators typically espouse an educational and developmental approach to misconduct rather than a strictly punitive one. The new Title IX rules open the possibility of alternative resolution procedures, of which, restorative justice is the most evidence-based and student-centered alternative approach available to institutions. This recorded briefing will explore this option and the most responsible ways of implementing RJ in sexual misconduct cases.