Course Description

Lead with Restorative Justice in the Higher Education Environment

This course's track is specifically designed to prepare higher education administrators to implement and facilitate restorative justice options for campus sexual misconduct ranging from prevention (Tier I) to cases of harm (Tier II) and reintegration after harm (Tier III). Participants will leave with an understanding of restorative justice philosophy and practices, common restorative justice approaches for sexual misconduct, impacts of sexual harm, neurobiology of trauma, how to build restorative justice into campus sexual misconduct policies, restorative case management approaches, restorative approaches for community harm, and how to use restorative practices in sexual misconduct prevention programming. While this training is focused on college/university student misconduct, the approaches and skills taught in this training may also be applied to employee misconduct as Title IX regulations and your policies allow.

This course is one of the options for the first of three required courses for the Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate, developed by the University of San Diego's Center for Restorative Justice, housed in the Leadership Studies Department in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.  The certificate curriculum combines an academic understanding of restorative justice with experiential learning to ensure skillful facilitation, with the goal of building a new generation of restorative justice leaders.

This course can be taken in lieu of EDU-X785R, Introduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement toward certificate requirements.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the philosophy and practice of restorative justice from an ethical and philosophical consideration of the goals and consequences of various approaches to punishment
  • Distinguish various applications of restorative justice for use in cases of sexual misconduct on college campuses from a cross-cultural perspective
  • Demonstrate familiarity with trauma informed approaches to responding to sexual assault
  • Demonstrate ability to build and integrate restorative processes into campus policies

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credits in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those that want to learn more on and implement restorative justice in lieu of the traditional punishment practices in Higher Education, this includes administrators, including Title IX staff, advocates, prevention professionals, student conduct officers, dean of students' staff, or any other college/university personnel who are charged with creating or implementing their campus sexual misconduct policy and procedures.  No previous experience with restorative justice is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program. If you are from one of these states/district, please contact Professor Justine Darling (jdarling@sandiego.edu) for advice about our program.

Course Format:  This course is offered in Online Fixed-Date format, with scheduled Zoom sessions and spans a 15-week schedule.

Course Materials: Four text books,

Technical Requirements

ADA Accommodations:  The Center for Restorative Justice is committed to promoting knowledge and academic excellence for all learners. The University of San Diego's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center helps students with verified disabilities obtain meaningful academic accommodations and support to help improve access to the Center for Restorative Justice and courses.  If you are a student who would like to be considered for academic accommodations, please visit USD's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center's website and follow the instructions under Requesting Services.

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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