Community Accountability Board conference (CAB)

The CAB is typically used for quality of life violations, including Brawling, Making a False Report, Public Urination, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest and others as referred by the Boulder Municipal, County or District Courts or University Conduct Administrator. The goals of the CAB are to repair harm to impacted people and the community, educate students about the community, and allow students to accept responsibility in a safe and constructive environment.  Each CAB conference is run by volunteer facilitators and attended by volunteer community members.  CABs are held at 6:30 and 7:30 each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening.  During this 60-minute conference, a facilitator will guide a discussion between the student and the community members with the goal of identifying who was harmed by the offense, how they were harmed, and how the student can repair the harm.  Together the group creates a Reparative Agreement that might include items such as apology letters, research papers, interviews of community members, substance abuse awareness experiences, and community service.  The content of the Reparative Agreement is created on a case-by-case basis, and students are encouraged to have input into their own agreements. 

Community Accountability Board Group Conferences

CURJ staff implements the CAB Group Conference Model with students who receive citations for allegedly using/possessing Fraudulent Identification, Disrupting Quiet Enjoyment of the Home, making Unreasonable Noise, or violating the Nuisance Party ordinance. The group conference model is implemented when numerous CU students receive citations for the same, seemingly victimless, violations. Similar to the goals of the CAB, the goals of the CURJ group conferences are also to repair harm to impacted people and the community, educate students about the community, and allow students to accept responsibility in a safe and constructive environment. Each conference is attended by 6-8 students who received citations for the same violation and 3-4 volunteer community members. Volunteer community members in CURJ group conferences are members of the CU and Boulder communities who react to the impact of student misconduct through their profession or position of leadership in the community. After sharing what lead to their citation and hearing from the community members, students work with each other and the lead facilitator to make agreements on how to repair harms discussed in the conference. The group conferences take place in the Regent Building on Mondays-Fridays between 8am and 5pm.

Victim-Offender Conference (VOC) and Mutual Responsibility Conference (MRC)

The VOC is used when a specific person or people are identified as being harmed person by an offense.  This model is most commonly used by CURJ for Damage to Property and Third Degree Assault.  The VOC focuses closely on the harm that occurred between the offender and the victim.  VOCs are conducted by two restorative justice facilitators.  Both the offender and victim are encouraged to bring support persons and/or family members to the conference.  General community members are also invited to participate.  The end result is similar to the CAB in that a Reparative Agreement is formed.

The Mutual Responsibility Conference is a variation of the VOC.  This model is used when the line between offender and victim is blurred, or when there are multiple offenders and victims.  It is most commonly used by CURJ for Brawling violations.