What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice helps to address the relationship between victims, offenders and the community in a way that repairs the impacts of an incident, holds the offender accountable for their actions and builds community. The Restorative Justice Program (CURJ) engages in a restorative process and response by employing five main principles: respect, repair, reintegration, responsibility and relationship.

CURJ works with the Boulder courts and student conduct process to provide an alternative restorative approach to incidents of harm within the CU Boulder community. While the traditional justice system aims to answer which laws were broken, who broke the law and how the person be punished, CURJ determines who has been harmed, what harm or impact was caused, and what can be done to repair that impact to the greatest extent possible.