Principles of Restorative Justice

Wherever possible, Wells College utilizes the principles of Restorative Justice in the sanctioning of students who commit violations of College policy. Restorative Justice is defined as “a collaborative decision-making process that includes victims, offenders, and others seeking to hold offenders accountable by having them (1) accept and acknowledge responsibility for their offenses, (2) to the best of their ability repair the harm they caused to victims and communities, and (3) work to reduce the risk of reoffense by developing positive social ties to the community” (Karp, David and Thom Allena. Restorative Justice on the College Campus. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 2004).


The sanctions outlined above serve as a guide. Final sanctions are determined based on the specific facts and circumstances of the incident.
For additional information regarding how Wells College incorporates Restorative Justice, please e-mail