Office for Restorative Practices

Division of Student Life

Office for Restorative Practices

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

In collaboration with Honor Council, we promote campus education about the Honor Principle and mediation. In collaboration with the Restorative Justice Coalition, we support accountability when harm is caused, repairing damaged relationships, and rebuilding trust. In collaboration with the Judicial Board, we promote a learning-centered, procedurally sound, fundamentally fair judicial process.

For more information, please contact Cindy Anderson, Interim Dean of Students, 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.

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: