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Restorative justice and talking circles: JMU embraces EMU’s teachings

Not long after he’d come out of the closet, Mark was at a party with his friends. At some point that evening, a group of guys approached Mark and told him they suspected their roommate, Joe, was also gay. They asked if Mark would be willing to talk with Joe about this. 1 Mark thought it was an odd request, but he went upstairs and found Joe in his room. “Your roo ...More

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James Madison University embraces restorative justice

In just three years, Josh Bacon has mobilized some 50 administrators and staff members in nearly a dozen departments sprawled across the 665-acre campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to embrace restorative justice practices when dealing with each other and with students. Bacon says it is not a difficult “sell.” On ...More

Use of Restorative Justice Improves Campus Behavior

After more than a decade of ushering misbehaving students at James Madison University (JMU) through hearings on their conduct, sanctions, and other legalistic steps, Josh Bacon was ready for a change. “I went into educational leadership and student affairs because I cared about young adults and their futures,” he says. “But that’s not how they perceived me – ...More