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About Restorative Justice Practices

Restorative justice practices are philosophical and humanizing approaches that focus on repairing harm, making things right, and restoring the community. Incorporating restorative justice practices into our community helps UCSF create safer spaces for people to be brave and vulnerable in an open dialogue that facilitates healing in the community.

Restorative justice practice and UCSF's PRIDE Values

For all members of the UCSF community to work together to fulfill our mission, UCSF has adopted a set of overarching values that aligns with UCSF’s Principles of Community. The PRIDE values are aligned within restorative justice practice (RJP).


  • RJP defines accountability as taking responsibility for your behavior and taking action to repair the harm. Individuals are encouraged to understand the impact of their behavior and to take steps to put things right as much as possible.
  • Accountability addresses the resulting harms and encourages empathy and responsibility.


  • RJP provides opportunities to build community.
  • RJP encourages people to listen more and talk less, giving each other the utmost consideration and respect.
  • Restorative justice views incidents as harm done to people and their communities and the goal of restorative justice is to provide an experience of healing to all concerned. In some cases, this may mean actual dialogue between parties involved to share their stories and to come to a consensus about what should be done.
  • The circle process explores how everyone has been affected by an incident and, when possible, to decides how to repair the harm and meet the community’s needs.


  • Circles and restorative conferences gives opportunities for participants to share their feelings, build relationships, and solve problems together, and when there is wrongdoing, to play an active role in addressing the wrong and making things right.
  • Circles provide a safe environment for people to express and exchange emotion honestly.


  • RJP encourages engagement of everyone and values interconnectedness.
  • Although we are all connected, we are all not the same. RJP appreciates and celebrates differences in others. It is about respecting the individuality and worth of each person.
  • Circles gives people an opportunity to speak and listen to one another in an atmosphere of safety, decorum, and equality.


  • RJP enhances personal competencies such as skills of conflict resolution and interpersonal, relationship, and community building.
  • RJP encourages people to express their feelings and build better relationships.