Restorative Justice Resolution Process (Informal Process)
Once a formal complaint is filed to the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources, parties involved can request an informal resolution process. The informal resolution process often provides an effective means of communicating about the effects of behavior and can lead to resolving most disputes. The complainant, respondent, or a college official may terminate an informal resolution process at any time and initiate the student conduct process. (Please note that if a pattern of this behavior is documented, informal resolution will not be an option.)
1.Informal Discussion with Respondent: The complainant and respondent can elect to discuss the concerns directly with the other party involved, before any actions of other parties or college officials. The respondent may not understand that their conduct is offensive and unwelcome. Many arguments can be resolved or handled quickly with this form of communication. A complaint brought to the attention of the respondent shortly after the allegedly offensive behavior occurs can usually result in effective resolution. If an effective resolution is not obtained by the discussion, then the complainant or respondent has the option to discuss the alleged offensive behavior with a college official or a mediator.
2.Informal Discussion with College Officials or Mediators: A complainant or respondent can speak with or discuss concerns with a friend, confidant, advisor, or counselor. In order to initiate an informal resolution with college officials or mediators, a complainant should contact a college official or a Student Life staff member in a timely manner. (College officials include the President of the College, Dean of Students, and Dean of Faculty.) If the complainant, respondent, or the college official involved in the informal resolution feels that this option will not bring an effective resolution, they can terminate the informal resolution process and initiate the formal student conduct process.
3.The Informal Discussion can help with any or all of the following:
a.Helping the complainant and respondent decide whether the behavior violates the policy and/or to educate students more about the policy itself.
b.Meeting with the respondent whose behavior is alleged to be offensive or unwelcome and help them understand or make it clear that the alleged behavior is unwelcome and should stop immediately.
c.Organizing an informal investigation with the hope and goal of ending the alleged behavior in an expeditious manner.
d.The informal resolution process will last as long as the complainant and respondent deems it desirable to continue to meet with the college official or mediator(s) designated above. Most complaints can be handled within a timely manner.
The resolution process will last as long as the complainant and respondent deem it desirable to continue to meet with the college official or mediator(s) designated above. Most complaints can be handled within a timely manner. Documents regarding the resolution of the Restorative Justice process will be keep in the Dean of Students Office.