Below is a brief description of the types of restorative processes offered at USD. For more information about what is involved in the process and how to implement restorative justice for your situation please contact the individuals or offices listed under the option. All of our processes are adaptable to the specific needs of your situation. If you are unsure about which process is best for your situation please contact the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students at 619-260-4590 or stop by UC 132.
Best Use: Helps address issues of concern to the larger USD community such as complex social issues, difficult current events, and community building. Some examples of the use of Community Circles include responding to hate crimes, sexual assault awareness week, and Torero Days community building.
Focus: Creates a space for participants with varying values, experiences, and backgrounds to discuss difficult topics in a safe space. Seeks to create a new understanding of the topic by engaging in a constructive and generative dialogue.
Get Involved: Facilitate a Circle for your group, floor, class, or organization. Anyone can facilitate a Circle at anytime using a basic framework. Please feel free to contact us if you need any advice or assistance facilitating. We have a number of trained facilitators who can help you implement a circle as a stand-alone event or integrate it into an already existing program, training, and team-building event. Contact Sean Horrigan (Director of Student Conduct) at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the "Workshop or Mediation Request" form on the website to begin.
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Best Use: Situations where multiple parties feel that the other has negatively impacted their experience at USD and previous communication efforts have been unsuccessful. These are often conflicts with seemingly very different perspectives such as roommate conflicts, Residential Life room changes, and conflicts between student organizations.
Focus: Creates a safe space where parties are able to explain their perspective and be heard. Seeks to generate increased understanding and agreements for how to best move forward in a positive way.
Request a Restorative Mediation: If you are involved in a conflict or incident that may benefit from a structured mediation please contact your Resident Assistant, Tierney Trujillo (Manchester Village Community Director) at email@example.com, or Sean Horrigan (Director of Student Conduct) at Horrigan@sandiego.edu. We would be happy to talk with you about your concern and suggest possible ways to move forward.
Restorative Justice Conference
Best Use: Student conduct cases where the student responsible expresses remorse about the impact they had on other community members and desire to apologize and repair to the best extent possible any harm caused. Students often report feeling that the Conference process was very meaningful because they actually took a role in determining the outcomes along with the impacted parties.
Focus: Students responsible for misconduct are provided an opportunity to take responsibility, apologize to those who have been harmed, and work with the other parties involved to identify appropriate ways of repairing the harm.
Request an Restorative Conference: Students can request an Restorative Conference from their conduct hearing officer at the time of the hearing. If approved, the case is referred to a trained Restorative Justice Facilitator who will coordinate the process. If you have any questions about this process please contact your Community Director or Sean Horrigan (Director of Student Conduct) at Horrigan@sandiego.edu or 619-260-4590.
Restorative Justice Trainings and Workshops
In partnership with Residential Life, the School of Peace Studies, and the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, we are continually offering training and workshop opportunities related to restorative justice and conflict resolution. We are also available to conduct trainings and presentations about RJ principles and practices as requested. For more information or to request a workshop or mediation please complete the online form or contact the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students at 619-260-4590 or stop by UC 132.