Restorative Practices and Sexual Misconduct on Campus (APA4114.02)

Alisa Del Tufo

Restorative practices can bring accountability, repair and healing in situations where there has been harm, including situations of sexual misconduct. These highly structured and mediated processes are always voluntary and can provide outcomes that are much more meaningful than formal Title ix proceedings. 

In this seven-week class we will explore current practices that are being used in the US and around the world to repair and heal from intimate violence and sexual harm using restorative approaches especially on college campuses. We will dive into the controversies around these practices and then turn our focus to “best practices” that can be employed on this campus. We will develop our capacity, as members of this community to bring the option of restorative practice to this campus and design a project that can continue to do so moving forward.


Learning Outcomes:
1. History of interventions in cases of sexual harm
2. The development of restorative practices for situations of intimate partner and sexual harm
3. Creation of practice and processes to be used on the Bennington College Campus
4. Creation of an implementation plan for these practices including a training program
5. Experience using restorative practices in cases of harm


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students must have taken at least one class on restorative justice and be interviewed by Alisa Del Tufo prior to registration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

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