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Conferencing Case Study: The Lounge, Leg Hair, and Learning

Akchurin, Roane
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. 70-76.

To demonstrate the application of restorative justice in a campus setting, the authors present an account of a restorative justice process used in an actual case at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2001. (Names of participants are changed in this account to safeguard confidentiality.) It involved vandalism of a lounge in a student residence hall. Because of the amount of damage, the vandalism constituted not only an infraction of university rules but also a felony subject to criminal consequences. The authors explain the following: the investigation into the incident; the initial meeting between the perpetrator and facilitator; the restorative justice conference employed to deal with the misconduct; the parties involved; the agreement negotiated for the perpetrator to take responsibility for his behavior; and the follow-up to the agreement.


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