The Office of Student Conduct Restorative Resolution program is rooted in the theoretical foundations of Restorative Justice. Restorative Resolution cultivates active accountability in which a student accused of misconduct can seek to repair harm, restore trust and demonstrate responsible behavior. This process is tailored to meet the needs of harmed parties and campus communities while leading to meaningful behavioral change.
The goal of a restorative process is to provide an alternative to the NYU Sexual Misconduct Procedures and/or the NYU Student Conduct Procedures, where appropriate. The process offers a more personalized and flexible approach to misconduct issues, as opposed to the more highly prescribed investigation and adjudication process.
Restorative Resolution seeks to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent recurrence, and remedy its effects in a manner that maintains the safety of the overall campus community. Rather than solely focusing on policy violations and disciplinary sanctions, a Restorative Resolution instead focuses on who has been harmed and what actions are necessary to acknowledge and repair the harm. The process explores the individual needs of the parties and is intentionally designed to address those needs.
Examples of Restorative Resolutions
A trained facilitator will meet separately with the Complainant and Respondent to discuss the behavior and impact on the Complainant, Respondent and community. Restorative Conferences may include restorative writings developed by one or both parties to help construct an agreement. This may include exercises, outcomes and/or educational activities to acknowledge and repair the harm the Respondent caused during the incident.
Complainants and Respondents, along with trained facilitators, participate in a discussion about the incident and how to correct the subsequent harm. Parties will work together to develop an agreement that resolves the issue and can help the Respondent restore their standing in their communities as well as repair relationships that were damaged by their actions.
Other Possible Outcomes
- Consent/Healthy Relationship workshops
- Counseling sessions/SAFE
- No Contact Directives
- Restriction from participation in particular events and organizations
- Restriction from particular university locations
- Completion of a master education plan with regular meetings with an Administrator
- Community Service
Participation in the Restorative Resolution program is voluntary and subject to the approval of the Title IX Coordinator (for sexual misconduct matters) or the Director of Student Conduct (for matters involving other forms of student misconduct). At this time, the program is open only to NYU students and is not available to faculty, employees, or non-NYU affiliated parties.