Introduction to Restorative Justice and Applying RJ in a Higher Education Setting

Presented by: Chris Ehrhart and Greg Meyer, Office of Judicial Affairs, James Madison University
Presented at: 5th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: March 14 and 15, 2012

Session Description: Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of victims and offenders, instead of simply working with the offender. Ideally, a Restorative Justice process involves victims, offenders, and people from the community joining together in dialogue. See this video shown during the workshop as an example. The application of restorative justice theory to practice has resulted in the development of a variety of restorative practices across numerous fields over the last few decades. The Office of Judicial Affairs at James Madison University has begun employing restorative justice processes into its campus conduct procedures, and offers one model of how to apply restorative justice principles into an existing system. Examples from other JMU departments will also be shared. More info at

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