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REPAIR Definitions

The Center for Student Conduct recognizes that different organizations, programs, and communities utilize and define terms within restorative justice processes differently. The following definitions are how the Center for Student Conduct utilizes these terms within our process. 

Harmed Party – an individual or set of individuals who have experienced harm through student behavior

Party Who Caused Harm – a student who acknowledges the harm they have caused through their behavior and seeks to repair it

Surrogate – an individual who participates in an RJ process on behalf of the harmed part(ies) 

Repair Plan – a collaboratively designed agreement that encourages accountability and healing without punitive intent, designed with input from all parties, and attempts to address the harm(s) that brought the parties to the Restorative Justice process

Request for Services – a request for the RJ process made via the online Advocate reporting form

Contingency – a provision or component to a Repair Plan that supports the completion of a Repair Plan

Primary Participant – a person who is either a party who caused harm or a harmed party.

Secondary Participant – a person in an RJ process who is not one of the parties who caused harm or experienced harm (Includes support people and UC-Berkeley community members there to support the reparation of harm) 

Non-affiliate – a participant in the RJ process who is not a faculty, staff, or student at UCBerkeley.

Restorative Justice Pathway – an elective option within the Code of Student Conduct that provides those who may have been harmed by student behavior with a resolution option in lieu of formal conduct charges that centers the agency of the harmed party

Adjudication Process – the investigation and resolution process coordinated by the CSC as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct

Facilitator – a CSC staff member who supports all parties as they navigate the chosen RJ process, dialogue about the harms experienced, develop and implement a Repair Plan, and monitor the completion of the Repair Plan. A role that supports parties maintaining ownership of decisions concerning the resolution of a conflict.1

Restorative Circle – a structured meeting between the person(s) who have caused harm, the person(s) who have been harmed, and support people for those person(s). A conference provides the opportunity for individuals to share the impact of harm and identify the actions to repair that harm.2 Also known as “community group conferences”.3 Also known as “community conferencing,” where a process addressing crime is convened by a facilitator that addresses the root causes of misconduct.4

Shuttle diplomacy – a process coordinated by a facilitator where a resolution is met between parties who do not wish to engage directly with each other.

Reintegration Circle –  a conferencing method utilized after a student has been suspended or expelled from the university meant to lay a foundation or groundwork for their re-entry and successful persistence. It will often involve support for the re-entering student and discussion on how to ensure the behavior that led to the separation does not happen again.

Facilitated conversation a restorative opportunity to address low-level incidents of behavioral misconduct. 

1 Adapted from Jennifer Schrage and Monita Thompson, in Reframing Campus Conflict, Second Edition

2 Adapted from “Restorative Conferences” as defined by the International Institute on Restorative Practices: 

3 From Andrea Goldblum, in Reframing Campus Conflict, Second Edition.

4 Adapted from Community Conferencing FAQ: