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Alternative Resolution Process

The College recognizes that there is not one universal resolution process that best meets the needs of our Students and the campus community. To adequately address reports of behavior that may be in Violation of Expectations for Student Conduct that may result in charges under 03. Personal Abuse an alternative process may be utilized.

Rooted in Restorative Justice practices, alternative resolution is a voluntary process within the College’s Student Conduct Code that allows a Respondent in a student conduct matter to accept responsibility for the behavior they engaged in that may have caused Harm to the Reporter. By fully participating in this process the Respondent will not be charged with a violation of College policy. The alternative resolution process is designed to eliminate the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects in a manner that meets the needs of the Reporter while still maintaining the safety of the overall campus community.

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is different from the traditional US philosophy of criminal justice.  Restorative Justice is rooted in native or indigenous practices.   Rather than focusing on what policies have been violated, restorative processes instead identify who has been harmed and what actions are necessary moving forward to repair the harm.

What does the process do?

This process emphasizes accountability, making amends, and–if appropriate and mutually agreed upon, a facilitated meeting between impacted individuals, respondents, and/or community members.

Sample Alternative Resolution Agreement

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At this time, all Conduct and Off-Campus services are being provided remotely. Incident Reports continue to be processed and student meetings are being held online. Please email conduct@tcnj.edu or your hearing administrator directly for additional assistance.