NCHERM-CR announces summit on the application of restorative justice practices to cases of campus sexual misconduct
Jun 22, 2012
The NCHERM-CR, the Conflict Resolution Practice Group of The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management ( www.ncherm.org ), will be hosting a two-day invitational Summit on the use of restorative justice practices in student-on-student sexual misconduct cases.
This Summit is being convened to explore ways in which forms of conflict resolution, and especially restorative justice practices, may be utilized lawfully, productively and beneficially to improve on the traditional approaches used in student disciplinary proceedings.
The goals of the Summit are two-fold: to develop a set of model best practices for use on college and university campuses and to empower the creation of a pilot project to implement and research the effectiveness of the model.
Three colleges have agreed to send delegates to the Summit and to serve for a year as pilot sites for the model. Vassar College, Franklin & Marshall College and Colgate University will be working with the consultants from NCHERM-CR to demonstrate effectiveness so that the model can eventually be implemented for all interested colleges and universities.
The challenge is to provide for accountability and protection so that the severity of sexual misconduct is not minimized, but also create environments where victims choose to come forward and are empowered by a process that offers more effective educational, healing and cathartic effects for the participants and the community.