The International Journal of Restorative Justice


Becoming a restorative university: The role of restorative justice in higher education

Keywords restorative practices, higher education, tertiary education, university, restorative justice
Authors David Karp
Author's information

David Karp
Daivd R. Karp is a Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Centre for Resorative Justice at the University of San Diego,University of San Diego, USA. Corresponding author: Daivd R. Karp at
  • Abstract

      This article describes the concept of a restorative university, an organisation that embraces restorative justice principles and practices. The article reviews the emergence of contemporary restorative justice; a framework for restorative justice in higher education; implementation in student affairs; the place of restorative justice in academic affairs; restorative justice and organisational culture; what we know about campus implementation, including results of a survey of universities; and suggestions for practical next steps for higher education institutions to become more restorative. Wherever possible, the article references restorative applications globally but predominantly focuses on university campuses in the United States.

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