Students in a restorative justice conference

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) utilizes a variety of approaches to create a restorative response to a given situation. The program employs five main principles to engage a restorative process: respect, repair, reintegration, responsibility, and relationship.

CURJ works with Boulder courts and Student Conduct to provide an alternative restorative approach to incidents of harm within the CU Boulder community. If you are interested in getting involved please contact about volunteering with CURJ.

    What are the benefits of Restorative Justice?

    Tell Your Story

    In RJ you have the chance to tell your story and be heard

    Community Impact

    Community members help students understand the impacts of their behavior


    RJ processes can help you repair harm that was caused to the community

    Input and Voice

    Through CURJ you have input into the outcome of your case

    Private Conversation

    The things you discuss in the RJ process will be kept private, except when someone discusses possible future harm to themselves or others. You can learn more about CURJ's Confidentiality Policy here.

    Retributive Justice 

    (Traditional Justice System)

    • What laws were broken?
    • Who did it?
    • How will he/she be punished?

    Restorative Justice


    • Who has been harmed?
    • What harm or impact was caused?

    What can be done to repair the harm or impact to the greatest extent possible?


    Submit a Referral to CURJ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    CURJ receives referrals from the Boulder Courts and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. You should let your conduct officer know you are going through CURJ from the courts and they may choose to refer you to CURJ as well.

    The CURJ process is usually completed within 6-10 weeks of referral.

    Agreements look differently for different students and situations. Agreements are tailored to fit harm caused and utilize student’s skills and talents to give back to the community. Students play an active role in deciding what they would like to see in their agreement.

    A $100 fee is charged to the student’s account with CU (Bursars Account). It processes the first week of the month following the CURJ conference and is listed as “Restorative Justice Fee.”

    After a student is ticketed or documented for an incident, the relevant agencies involved may choose to refer cases to CURJ.