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Conferencing Case Study: Kenny’s Celebration

Sebok, Tom
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) In David R. Karp and Thom Allena, eds., Restorative Justice on the College Campus: promoting student growth and responsibility, and reawakening the spirit of campus community. Springfield, Ill. : C.C. Thomas. Pp. 61-69.

In this chapter, Tom Sebok illustrates a restorative justice conferencing model in a university setting through a particular case study. The case involved drunken and disorderly behavior by a student both on campus property (the University of Colorado) and in town (Boulder, Colorado). In fact, he was arrested by a town police officer, then booked and temporarily jailed at the police station. Through this process, his behavior came before the university’s student judicial affairs system. Sebok describes key facts of the case, a community group conference which addressed the behavior, the negotiated agreement whereby the student took responsibility for his actions, and the longer term outcome for the student.


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