Office for Restorative Practices

Division of Student Life

Office for Restorative Practices

The Honor Principle encourages all community members to consider the potential impact their actions have on other individuals and the community as a whole, and it promotes personal responsibility and mutual respect.

In collaboration with Honor Council, we promote campus education about the Honor Principle and the benefits of addressing conflict through mediation. In collaboration with the Restorative Justice Coalition, we support taking accountability when harm is caused, meeting the needs of the harmed party, repairing damaged relationships, and rebuilding trust.

In collaboration with the Judicial Board, we promote a learning-centered, procedurally sound, fundamentally fair response to alleged violations of policy and the Honor Principle. We also work closely with students who have been assigned sanctions, when there is a finding of responsibility, at the conclusion of a judicial process.

For more information, please contact Santi Alston, Title IX Coordinator and Program Director for Restorative Practices, or Kelsey Wirtzfeld, Systems Coordinator for Student Life.

Restorative Justice Coalition

RJ Coalition

Read the Restorative Justice Policy.

Mission Statement

The Restorative Justice Coalition is a student-led organization seeking to transform the power dynamics perpetuated by traditional justice processes at Reed. Through the creation of intentional spaces for dialogue, accountability, and healing, we are working to build and sustain a community where everyone feels they have a voice.

What is restorative justice?

Restorative justice is an alternative to traditional judicial systems. It encourages taking accountability, gives all parties a voice, and allows the harmed party to voice what they need in order to heal. It is a voluntary process, and it prioritizes healing to punishment.

Who we are

A group of five students on campus working to integrate Restorative Justice into the way Reed considers justice, honor, and community. In 2017 the Coalition was created by a group of students who wanted to address responses to cases of sexual harm; since then the Coalition has written and passed a pilot policy. We’re dedicated to continuing the work of the original student group to create an alternative system at Reed which can better address community needs. The 2019-20 Coalition is led by co-chairs Abdur-Rauf Ahmed and Leila Sinclair. Our other student members are Lou Hewitt, Nell Scherfling, and Isabelle Sinclair.

What we do

We’re working to implement restorative practices as part of the current honor process. These practices, like sitting in Circle and non-punitive judicial processes, are a set of traditions that come from and continue to be used today by Indigenous communities. We’re passionate about finding ways to bring together our community, holding space for difficult conversations, and dealing with conflict without causing more harm. 

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to know more about what we do, feel free to send us an email: rjcoalition@reed.edu.