For a majority of our cases heard in SRR, we seek to resolve any policy violations through what we call “educational outcomes”. These discretionary outcomes, as outlined by the Code of Conduct, seek to center the College’s philosophy around student learning. We also use these outcomes to center a restorative approach, which means want to choose outcomes that address the needs of individuals or communities harmed in a policy violation, as well as the needs of the student who may have caused the harm.
In the case of our Agreed Resolutions (informal meetings), students can work with a Resolution Coordinator to choose an outcome that best fits their situation. In order to help students do this, we would like to provide an example list of some educational outcomes they may choose. What a student chooses is NOT limited to this list, and we encourage students to think creatively about how they can resolve a situation. This list is simply a starting point. This resources is adapted by “The Guide to Creative and Educational Sanctions for Today’s College Students” by Britt Q. Hoover.
Educational Outcome Idea List:
- Alternative Break Program - Work with the Center for Social Change & Community Involvement to attend a volunteer program taking place over a break period, such as Spring Break. This is similar to Positive Action Hours.
- Apology Letter - Similar to a reflection paper, you can write a direct letter to impacted individuals that reflects on your actions and the harm those actions caused. Apology letters must be reviewed by SRR prior to being sent to the impacted individuals.
- Behavior Contract - If behavior has been disruptive or harmful, create a contract with your RC that outlines expectations moving forward and the outcomes should the contract be violated.
- Campus Event - If an event coming up in the campus community is relevant to the violation that has occurred, you can choose to attend and do a brief summary of the event for SRR.
- Career Center Meeting - If behavior stems form anxiety or uncertainty around a career path, schedule a meeting with the career center to talk about this anxiety. Have the Career Center confirm this meeting to SRR after you submit a short summary of your discussion.
- Educational Bulletin Board - In the case of vandalism to a bulletin board or if the student believes the community may need more awareness around a topic, you can work with your RA to complete a bulletin board for your community. The design must be approved by SRR in advance.
- Educational Flyer - If the behavior is something you believe a community may need more awareness on, create a flyer for your community on a policy or topic agreed upon with your RC. Send a copy of this flyer to SRR for approval and then work with your community to distribute the flyer after approval.
- Educational/Informational Interview - To learn more about a topic area, schedule a meeting with a staff member to discuss that topic. For example, if you would like to learn about the hours that go into Housekeeping staff keeping our halls clean, schedule a meeting with Facilities. *Note - Your RC will need to confirm with the staff member that they are open to this meeting first.*
- Explore Campus Opportunities - If actions have stemmed from a student feeling a lack of belonging on campus or not having alternative things to do, a student can choose to find opportunities to get involved on campus. This can be working with the Office of Student Engagement or ASLC to find a club on campus and attend a meeting, or it can be researching offices on campus that you think would be helpful to your success.
- Financial Literacy Program - Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to complete a financial literacy program that can help with you learning about money management and loans, if this a stress area contributing to decision making concerns.
- Hall/Community Program - Work with your residence hall staff and/or the Office of Student Engagement to put on an event. This event can be educational in nature, or it can be a social event that helps provide students with alternative activities. The staff you work with must confirm your involvement in the planning and implementation of this event.
- Letter to My Future Self - Using the website “Future Me”, a student can write a reflective letter to their future self about their values and lessons learned in their experience with this policy violation. A copy will need to be submitted to SRR, but students can select when the letter is sent to them.
- Letter to a Mentor - Write a letter to a mentor or someone important to you, such as a faculty member, parent or advisor, to explain the incident and your behaviors. You can choose whether to send the letter or not.
- Make an Academic/Graduation Plan - If your needs center around finding your path here at LC, you can work with the College Advising Center to create or update their 4-year plan. This discussion should also include resources the CAC can offer to help you be successful in achieving this plan, such as tutoring, SQRC, etc.
- Positive Action Hours (PAHs) - When harm has been caused to the greater community, work with your Resolution Coordinator to complete an agreed amount time doing community service work. Opportunities for community service can be found by connecting with a specific office (Facilities specific harm may require your work with Facilities) or by utilizing LC’s ‘Give Pulse’ account through the Center for Social Change & Community Involvement. This office can verify community service does through Give Pulse, but SRR also provides PAH verification sheets to students wanting to get involved. If you are disruptive during community service opportunities found on campus, this will be reported back to SRR.
- Mediation - When the harm caused is centered around a conflict within your residence hall, you can choose to complete a mediation with the help of your RA or Area Director. The other individual involved will need to agree to this.
- Meeting with Staff - When further mentorship is needed, you can choose to meet with a staff member to connect about your experience. *Note - Your RC will need to confirm with the staff member that they are open to this meeting first.*
Staff Offices that have already spoken with SRR about this or who have hosted meetings in the past are:
- International Students & Scholars
- Financial Aid
- Facilities Services
- College Advising Center
- Campus Living
- Student Engagement
- Public Transportation Assignment - For students who may have violated transportation & parking policy on campus or who are looking for ways to get out into the Portland community without a vehicle, a student can create a resource on alternative transportation methods available to students in Portland, including options, costs, schedules & routes.
Reflection Paper - Using a rubric provided by your Resolution Coordinator/SRR, write a paper about your experience, the impact you had, and your plans for behavior change in the future. Types of reflection papers can include:
- Policy review and reflection on why it may be in place
- College Mission review and reflection of values
- Reflection on those, both students and staff, who may have been impacted by your actions.
- Relationship Boundaries Conversation - In the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness, you can talk to a graduate staff member about how to set healthy boundaries and say no to your peers when it comes to policy violations. Health Promotion & Wellness should confirm this meeting with SRR after you submit a short summary.
- Research Paper - Using a rubric provided by your Resolution Coordinator/SRR, write a research paper about a topic related to the policy you have violated. Please cite all sources used.
- Semester on a Page - If skills around organization & time management are needed, you can complete an outline of your semester on a page to help with planning. Staff can help guide you in this assignment.
- Substance Abuse Prevention Education Surveys (SAPES) - After a first time drug or alcohol offense, students will be asked to meet with the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness to complete a meeting for this survey. However, students can choose to go again for subsequent violations if they feel that discussions about healthy behaviors and boundaries around alcohol & drugs are needed.
- TED Talk Reflection - If there is a TED talk that is particularly relevant to your topic, you can choose to watch this TED talk and reflect on what you have learned.
- ‘This I Believe’ Project - For a student in search of their core values, they can listen to three “This I Believe” podcasts on the NPR website and write reflection essay about their core beliefs. Podcast links will be shared in the your outcome letter.