Student Life Services Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our physical office is currently closed until further notice. Student Success Center front desk staff are available using our Zoom Virtual Front Desk Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Circle Offerings

Below are the types of restorative justice practices offered at UCSF. All of our circle offerings are adaptable to the specific needs of the individuals and community involved. If you have any questions about the circle offerings, please contact Maria S. Jaochico at [email protected]. Please complete a circle request form if you are interested in us facilitating a circle for your community.

Circle Request

Community Circles

A community circle is an approach to community building that creates a safe space for participants with varying values, experiences, and backgrounds to discuss a particular topic. Everyone is encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue, creating a new understanding of the topic for participants.

  • Best for: Groups, classes, or organizations that are interested in incorporating a community-building activity that promotes a sense of belonging for its members. Community circles can be implemented as stand-alone events or integrated into an already existing program, training, or team-building event. 

Restorative Circles

A restorative circle is an approach to repairing harm that has been done within a community. Participants in a restorative circle are encouraged to be open and honest about their perspectives regarding a conflict, how they have been harmed, how they think others might have been harmed, and solutions on how to fix the harm created. Support persons and community members may also participate.

  • Best for: Addressing microaggressions that are witnessed in a classroom or conflicts as a result of miscommunication between members of a group, class, or organization.

Restorative Justice Conference

A restorative justice conference is an opportunity for an individual to take responsibility and expresses remorse about the impact they had on other community members and to voice their desire to repair any harm caused. Individuals often report feeling that the restorative justice conference process was very meaningful because they actually took a role in determining the outcomes with the impacted parties.

  • Best for: An alternative resolution to resolve incidents that do not involve the filing of allegations and alleged policy violation(s).