Active Sanctions – Community/Restorative


Drug and Alcohol Fines

  • Description: Monetary fine
  • Appropriate for: Required for repeat alcohol and other drug violations involving possession/consumption and for all alcohol and other drug violations involving distribution
  • Not appropriate for: First-time drug and alcohol violations involving possession/consumption
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: A schedule of fines is available at
  • Instructions to student: You must pay a fine of [AMOUNT]. Failure to pay your fine by the deadline will result in a hold on your registration; you will be unable to register for, add, or drop classes while the hold is in place. Go to https://webapps.rutgers.edu/vcsa/dos/ to pay online.”

Restitution

  • Description: Financial compensation to an injured party
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student has damaged, destroyed, or stolen property belonging to the University or to a member of the community
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: In cases of substantial restitution, payment can be made in installments, at the discretion of the Conduct Officer/Hearing Board. The student is instructed to deliver restitution to the Office of Student Conduct, not directly to the injured party.
  • Instructions to student: You are required to pay restitution in the amount of [AMOUNT]. Payment must be in the form of a money order or certified check payable to [INJURED PARTY]. Cash and personal checks WILL NOT be accepted.”

Good Neighbor Workshop

  • Description: One-hour workshop on off-campus community standards and good community citizenship
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which student has been disruptive to the off-campus community
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to complete the free Good Neighbor workshop offered by Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at Rutgers University. A member of the Student Conduct staff will contact you with workshop dates, times, and location.”

Restorative Justice Circle

  • Description: A meeting where community members who have been impacted by an incident (including victims, perpetrators, and others) can have an honest dialogue. It is a non-threatening way to rebuild trust, community, and relationships. Restorative Justice Circles focus on gaining understanding and reaching a mutually desired outcome or resolution.
  • Appropriate for: Cases where all parties are willing to participate in the circle
  • Not appropriate for: Cases where one or more parties are unwilling to participate; cases involving stalking or harassment
  • Availability: As scheduled between participants and the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: An unwilling student cannot be sanctioned with Restorative Justice practices.
  • Instructions to student: “You must participate in a restorative justice activity provided by the Office of Student Conduct. A member of the Student Conduct staff will contact you with the date of your restorative justice activity. The goal of restorative justice practices is to establish an option for addressing harm, to engage those harmed by providing them with an active role in addressing the harm and restoring community, while educating those who have harmed individuals, groups, and the larger Rutgers community.”

Restorative Justice Conference

  • Description: A meeting where victims and perpetrators can have an honest dialogue about the violation and its consequences
  • Appropriate for: Cases where both parties are willing to participate in the conference
  • Not appropriate for: Cases where one or more parties are unwilling to participate; cases involving stalking or harassment
  • Availability: As scheduled between participants and the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: An unwilling student cannot be sanctioned with Restorative Justice practices.
  • Instructions to student: “Restorative justice is a philosophical approach that embraces the reparation of harm. A central practice of restorative justice is a collaborative decision-making process that includes harmed parties, people who caused harm, and others to seek a resolution that includes: (a) accepting and acknowledging responsibility for harmful behavior, (b) repairing the harm caused to individuals and the community, and (c) working to rebuild trust by showing an understanding of the harm, addressing personal issues, and building positive social connections. The Restorative Justice Conference facilitators will contact you via email.”

Recommended Mediation

  • Description: A conversation between individuals in conflict facilitated by a trained mediator
  • Appropriate for: Interpersonal disputes that do not involve serious use of force or bodily harm
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between participants and mediator
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: An unwilling student cannot be sanctioned with Restorative Justice practices.
  • Instructions to student: “It is recommended that you attempt to deal with your interpersonal conflict in this instance through mediation. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party works with disputants to attempt to achieve a lasting and mutually satisfying outcome to the dispute. Although such action on your part is voluntary, be advised that this recommendation will remain a part of your disciplinary record. To initiate the mediation process, contact the Office of Student Conduct.”

Restorative Justice Coalition

  • Description: A restorative justice practice aimed at addressing harm and restoring community relationships; the student must also interview a person who shares the identity of the person harmed
  • Appropriate for: Cases where the student is willing to participate in restorative justice; incidents involving identity-based harm to a community member
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled among participants, the Office of Student Conduct, and the interview subject
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: An unwilling student cannot be sanctioned with Restorative Justice practices.
  • Instructions to student: You must participate in a restorative justice practice provided by a member of the Restorative Justice Coalition. You will be contacted with details of participation. The goals of restorative justice practices are to accept responsibility while addressing the harm, and potentially engaging those harmed in an attempt to reconcile and reestablish community relationships. You must also interview at least one person who reflects the identity of the individual you wronged. Note: This interview must be approved by a member of the Restorative Justice Coalition. Provide a reason to this person as to why you are interviewing them. Ask meaningful questions that will allow you to learn why your actions may have been interpreted as hurtful. Ask the interviewee what they think can be done to restore the harm.After your interview, write an essay (at least 250 words, typed and double-spaced) that includes an overview of the interview and explains what you gained from this person’s perspective. Your essay may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Letter of Apology

  • Description: A letter in which the student apologizes to the injured party and acknowledges the harm they caused
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student has assumed some level of responsibility for their actions and has negatively impacted another member of the community
  • Not appropriate for: Incidents in which a student refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for their actions
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to write a letter of apology to [INJURED PARTY]. This letter should be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double spaced) and must be submitted to me by email. Do NOT deliver your letter directly to [INJURED PARTY]. This letter should reflect an understanding of the inappropriateness of your actions and the impact it had on the letter’s recipient. Be advised that this letter will be screened by Student Conduct staff prior to being forwarded to the recipient. A copy will also be maintained in your conduct file. Be further advised that this letter may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Educational/Community Service

  • Description: The student provides service to a campus or community philanthropic organization
  • Appropriate for: Instances in which the required service can be related to the violation in question
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between the student and the organization
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): List of service opportunities, service log
  • Note: Students assigned educational/community service should also be required to complete an educational/community service reflection paper
  • Instructions to student: You are required to complete [NUMBER OF HOURS] hours of educational service with an office/agency approved by the Office of Student Conduct. Attached is a list of potential volunteer opportunities; however, you are not limited to the organizations on this list. Once your proposed service has been approved, you are expected to begin immediately and to complete five hours per week until the sanction has been fulfilled. Be advised that no consideration will be granted for work schedules or for co-curricular activities, including athletics. You are advised to identify an organization and make immediate contact in order to complete your service on time. Once you have completed your service, you are required to submit a reflective essay about your experience.”

Recognizing Differences Training

  • Description: A written assignment in which the student answers a series of essay questions about identity and discrimination
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving bias or discrimination
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Recognizing Differences assignment sheet
  • Instructions to student: You are required to complete Recognizing Differences Training (written assignment enclosed). You must answer all questions on the assignment and submit your written answers by email to me. Your completed work must be no less than 1,750 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and must address all questions on the assignment. Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. Once you have submitted your written assignment, you must also immediately schedule an appointment to meet with me to review this assignment. This meeting must occur within ten days of submitting your written assignment.”

Violence Awareness Training

  • Description: A written assignment in which the student answers a series of essay questions about violence and its consequences
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving violence or threats of violence (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Not appropriate for: Serious violations of policy which violate the physical integrity of another person or serious violations of the law
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Violence Awareness assignment sheet
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to complete Violence Awareness Training (written assignment enclosed). You must answer all questions on the assignment and submit your written answers by email to me. Your completed work must be no less than 2,100 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and must address all questions on the assignment. Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Bias Awareness Workshop

  • Description: Workshop addressing issues of bias and multiculturalism
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving bias
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You must complete the Bias Awareness Workshop. The workshop will include completion of “Living in a Multicultural World: A Tool of Reflection,” which will then lead into a discussion of students’ experiences and feelings about difference as experienced on campus. There will also be a review of the University’s definition of bias acts and bias crimes. The workshop will be 90 minutes long. The goal is to develop students’ understanding of the University’s anti-bias values so that they do not commit bias acts in a campus context.”

Probationary Review Meetings

  • Description: Regular meetings with a Conduct Officer to ensure student’s compliance with the conditions of Disciplinary Probation
  • Appropriate for: Cases in which the student has been placed on Disciplinary Probation. Only to be utilized in serious situations, where suspension or dismissal is likely to be an outcome of further violations.
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and Conduct Officer
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “In addition to being placed on Disciplinary Probation, you are also required to attend regular Probationary Review meetings. During this period, you must meet with [CONDUCT OFFICER] once every two weeks for thirty minutes. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure your compliance with University regulations through dialogue about the decisions you face on a regular basis. Your probationary supervisor may assign additional written assignments of no more that 250 words for each meeting, as deemed necessary. Be advised that one unexcused absence from a Probationary Review meeting will be considered a violation of your Probation.”

Checkpoint Meeting

  • Description: A meeting with a Conduct Officer to monitor the student's progress
  • Appropriate for: Any case in which the student may benefit from guidance and supervision
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and Conduct Officer
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You must meet with your Conduct Officer approximately two to three weeks after the resolution of your case to see how you have been progressing since the incident.”

Behavioral Agreement

  • Description: An agreement between the student and the Office of Student Conduct governing the student’s future behavior (for example, the agreement may bar the student from particular locations or prohibit certain activities)
  • Appropriate for: Repeated violations of minor policies which impact the community and where previous attempts to educate have been unsuccessful or met with resistance
  • Not appropriate for: Serious violations of policy which violate the physical or emotional well being of another person, or serious violations of the law
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Behavioral Agreement form
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to review and sign the enclosed behavioral agreement. This agreement is designed to indicate to you that your behavior has become problematic within the University community and continued misconduct will result in more serious levels of sanctioning in the future. Failure to sign and return this agreement or to abide by its provisions will result in additional disciplinary action.”

Contact Restriction

  • Description: A directive prohibiting the student from contacting another person (also known as a no-contact order)
  • Appropriate for: Cases involving violence, threats of violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, harassment, defamation, or other unwanted contact
  • Not appropriate for: Interpersonal conflicts in which both parties have established a desire to continue their relationship
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Contact restrictions should normally be imposed indefinitely
  • Instructions to student: “You are restricted from having any contact with [INDIVIDUAL] indefinitely. No contact is understood to mean contact in person, in writing, by phone, social media, through third parties (such as family or friends), and/or via computer or electronic communication devices. You need to avoid contact with [INDIVIDUAL] both on and off campus. In areas where neither of you is required to be present (such as a social event), if one of you arrives first, the other must leave. In areas where both of you are required to be present (such as class), you must sit on opposite sides of the room from each other and avoid sitting within eye-line of each other. 

You are prohibited from speaking with this person at any time and you must make accommodation in your academic and social pursuits to avoid being in the same room with or within fifty feet of this person. Failure to abide by this restriction will result in immediate and serious disciplinary action. If the other party initiates contact with you, contact the Office of Student Conduct (848-932-9414) immediately.”

Substance Restriction

  • Description: A prohibition against any use of alcohol or other drugs on University premises
  • Appropriate for: Cases in which a student has demonstrated consistent disregard for alcohol and/or drug policies
  • Not appropriate for: First-time minor violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Substance restrictions should remain in effect for at least one semester. Students under the age of 21 should be restricted at least until they turn 21 (regarding alcohol).
  • Instructions to student: “You are restricted from being on any University property or at any University event under the influence of alcohol and/or non-prescription drugs. This prohibition is to be defined as being on University property or at a University event within six hours of consuming/using any amount of alcohol or non-prescription drug. Be advised that Residence Life staff and the Rutgers University Police will be made aware of this restriction.”