The RIT Restorative Conferencing
(RC) process provides an alternative response to violations
of the RIT Code of Conduct. Restorative Conferencing
seeks to resolve violations of community expectations
in a manner that satisfactorily meets the needs of all
parties affected by an incident through a facilitated
- The conference is attended by those parties both
directly and indirectly involved in an incident and
is facilitated by a staff member from the Office of
Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services (SCCMS)
and other trained professional staff members.
- The conference process provides an opportunity
for all parties to discuss the incident, how they
and others were affected and to determine appropriate
actions to make amends to the individuals and the
- Participants in a conference are invited to bring
support persons with them to the conference. Support
persons must be RIT students, faculty and/or staff.
The RC process
will be offered for specific types of incidents in which
an individual(s) accepts responsibility for the policy
violation(s) and both the responsible party and those
affected are willing to participate in a conference.
Participation in the conference is voluntary. Students
who are accused of misconduct but do not accept responsibility
and/or are unwilling to participate in the conference
will be referred back to the Student Conduct Hearing
When a situation
is deemed appropriate for the Restorative Conferencing
process the following procedure will be ensue:
- The Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Management
Services will contact the students involved to provide
information regarding the RC process.
- An intake meeting will be scheduled for the responsible
party to explain the process, obtain their consent
to participate and determine other appropriate conference
- Other participants will be contacted and a conference
date, time and location will be confirmed.
- The Restorative Conference will be facilitated
by professional staff members. These facilitators
do not have a decision making role in the process.
The goal of the conference is to create a Conference
Agreement for appropriately repairing the harm caused
by the incident in question. Conferences do not result
in official RIT sanctions.
- The Conference Agreement will be monitored by professional
staff members in either SCCMS or Residence Life. Failure
to comply with the agreement may result in charges
of misconduct and referral to the student conduct
for Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services
reserves the right to determine appropriate incidents
for referral to the Restorative Conferencing process
and to approve all conference participants. The Restorative
Conferencing process will not be offered as a response
for repeat behaviors.
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