Project on Restorative Justice

Training in Restorative Justice for College Student Misconduct

Please register by filling out the registration form at the bottom of this page

November 11-13, 2015 
Wednesday, 10:00-5:00pm
Thursday, 9:00-5:00pm
Friday, 9:00-5:00pm

Skidmore College
Murray Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor

Registration Fee: $450.00
(Includes lunches and The Little Book of RJ for Colleges and Universities)

We have rooms blocked at The Marriott. There are also many places to stay in Saratoga--see

In this intensive training, you will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, strong facilitation skills, practical information about program implementation, and the satisfaction of having participated in a powerful intellectual, emotional, and spiritually-uplifting training experience.

Open to student affairs administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses.

Training Topics 

Overview of RJ

Practices: Circles, Conferences, Boards, CoSA
Evidence of Effectiveness
Case Studies
Place of RJ in campus codes of conduct
Restorative justice as a global social movement

RJ Outcomes

Repairing harm
Community service
Rebuilding trust/safety concerns

Introduction to Facilitation

Role of facilitator
Sequence of process
Pre-conference preparation
Post-conference support and mentoring
Facilitation guide or script
Ground rules

Issues in Facilitation

Diversity and inclusion
Trauma informed care
Denial of responsibility
Character judgments

Identifying Harms and Needs

Listening and reflection skills
Material/physical harm
Emotional/spiritual harm
Communal/relational harm
Secondary victimization


Program models
Case management
Marketing a program
Policy and code revision
Applications for conduct violations, Residential Life, bias incidents, sexual misconduct, academic integrity
Restorative return from suspension

Meet the Trainers

Dr. David R. Karpheadshot of david karp

Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York


David R. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities and Restorative Justice on the College Campus. David is the Principal Investigator of a multi-campus research project on student conduct practices called the STARR Project (Student Accountability and Restorative Research Project). He is also a volunteer mediator and a restorative justice facilitator and trainer. David received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.


Dr. Patience D. Bryanpatience bryant headshot

University of Mississippi
Coordinator of Student Conduct
Department of Student Housing


Dr. Patience D. Bryant has served as the first ever the Student Conduct Coordinator for the Department of Student Housing at the University of Mississippi, more affectionately known as Ole Miss, since 2013. She is currently overseeing the implementation of a formal restorative justice program into university housing that will be launched in the fall of 2015.  Patience got introduced to restorative justice while working on her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Patience has the desire to utilize and share her knowledge and experiences gained through graduate level studies, research, and working in the field of higher education within the areas of alternative dispute resolution education and mass communication to impact the student experience and institutions of higher learning.  


Duke Fisherduke headhshot

Learning Laboratories
2618 State Highway 7
Bainbridge, New York


Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution since 1988. Duke is a straight-talking, tireless advocate for respectful collaborative conflict resolution, and gets his point across through the use of wisecracks, good films and experiential exercises known to encourage groups to have fun, take risks and learn from each other. In 1999, he founded Learning Laboratories, an independent training venture that finds creative ways to address difficult topics, including workshops on restorative justice, family conflict resolution, responding to discrimination, and building collaborative teams to assemble care for a differently-abled child. He has brought powerful workshops to schools, universities, conferences, prisons, agencies, and to graduate students at Hofstra Law School, where Duke was until recently a Special Professor of Law. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never ending search for creative methods to support effective learning. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 Register for fall RJ Training at Skidmore by submitting this form: