When students act inconsistently with values identified in the University Creed reflected in University policy, they have an obligation to repair harm caused to the community and its members. Creed Justice is a form of restorative justice tailored specifically to meet the needs of the University of Mississippi Community. Centered around values identified in the University Creed, Creed Justice consists of a collaborative decision-making process that includes victims (complainants/impacted parties), offenders (respondents), and members of the community (affected parties) working together to hold offenders accountable for their actions.
Through Creed Justice, offenders learn to do the following:
- accept and acknowledge responsibility for their offenses;
- to the best of their ability, repair the harm they caused to victims and the community; and
- work to reduce the risk of re-offense through reintegrating the offender back into the University community by (re)building positive social ties to the community.
Creed Justice is used during every student conduct meeting through reflective questioning and restorative sanctioning that focus on reparations to impacted parties (restitution, recommended apologies, etc.), the community (community service, relocation, separations for serious offenses, etc.), and to the offender (substance abuse education, anger management, decision making seminars, etc.). For behavior that has had an impact on multiple community members, such as residence halls buildings or floors, if appropriate, a Creed Justice Circle (similar to a mediation) may be used to repair harm and reintegrate members back into the community.