Campus PRISM

Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses

The Campus PRISM Project (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct) includes an international team of researchers and practitioners who are deeply invested in reducing sexual and gender-based violence by exploring how a restorative approach may provide more healing and better accountability. The Project is coordinated by the University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice.

Campus PRISM promotes restorative justice processes that…

  • Encourage true accountability through a collaborative rather than adversarial process;
  • Reduce risk of reoffending and provide greater reassurance of safety to survivors/harmed parties and the community;
  • Meet survivors’/harmed parties’ needs for safety, support, and justice; and
  • Create meaningful forums for the examination of hostile campus climates and the development of community-building interventions.

Goals of the Campus PRISM Project:

  • Create space for scholars and practitioners to explore the use of RJ for campus sexual and gender-based misconduct (which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based misconduct) as an alternative or complement to current practices.
  • Consider the potential and challenges of RJ in light of the national concern about campus sexual assault.
  • Apply lessons learned from the use of RJ in criminal justice sex offenses, e.g. Circles of Support and Accountability, restorative conferencing, and other trauma-informed practices.
  • Gather and disseminate knowledge about RJ practice and research.
  • Explore the potential for multi-campus RJ pilots.

Register to receive past recordings of the series: Implementing Restorative Justice in Campus Sexual Harm. This 4-part series highlighted policymakers, practicioners, and campus leaders who shared about how to implement restorative justice responses for campus sexual harm. The new Department of Education Title IX regulations allow for “informal resolutions” and this series describes how to build a restorative justice-based resolution process.

Join this community of practice for discussion: Campus-PRISM Google Group



Husch Blackwell. "Restorative Justice as a Response to Campus Misconduct." David Karp, Paige Duggins-Clay, and Scott Schneider. January 2020. Enter "education" as the password to access the webinar.

Campus PRISM Project. “Restorative Justice for Faculty Misconduct.”  David Karp interview with Duke Fisher and Toni McMurphy. February 2019.

NASPA. “Using a Restorative Justice Approach to Sexual Harm and Misconduct.”  David Karp, Jasmyn Story and Jordan Draper. September 2018.

Network for Victim Recovery of DC and Men Can Stop Rape. “Colleges, Restorative Justice, and Title IX.”  David Karp, Kaaren Williamsen, Mary Koss, and Jasmyn Story. February 2018.

NASPA.“Restorative Responses for Campus Climate in the Post-Election Era: NASPA Live Briefing.”  David Karp, Julie Shackford-Bradley and Jasmyn Story. February 2017.

Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University. “Restorative Responses to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” David Karp and Kaaren Williamsen. February 2016.