Students Rights and Responsibilities
With every right we have in our society comes an equally important responsibility we need to uphold. With the freedom to make choices come the responsibility to make reasonable decisions that show respect for others. As such we expect students to observe the Student Code of Conduct and act in a respectful manor or face outcomes which will be appropriate to the capacity of the student, the age of the student, and the circumstances. As an intervention to conflict or other behavioral issues, the school may also use restorative practices to help students develop respectful and responsible modes of behavior.
Restorative justice is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of programs and approaches. In general, restorative justice practices seek a holistic, integrated sense of justice and healing for victims, as well as personal accountability from offenders. Advocates of restorative justice do not dispute the need to sanction or punish offenders; rather, they maintain that punishment alone may not be sufficient for victims' healing and justice.
Conventional justice systems (sometimes referred to as "retributive justice") ask three basic questions:
- What laws have been broken?
- Who broke the laws?
- How shall the lawbreaker be punished?
The fundamental questions of restorative justice, on the other hand, are:
- Who has been harmed?
- How can these harms be addressed or repaired?
- Who should address or repair the harms?
Too often, victims feel excluded from the traditional adjudication process. Many victims report feeling that the criminal justice process focuses on the state itself as the injured party, as though victimization is not personal. But these victims know that the effects of victimization are deeply personal, and many have found that restorative justice can provide them with a more personal sense of healing and justice.
Restorative justice’s three main goals are:
- Accountability. Restorative justice strategies provide opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed, and enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible.
- Community safety. Restorative justice recognizes the need to keep to community safe through strategies that build relationships, and empower the community to take responsibility for the well-being of its members.
- Competency development. Restorative justice seeks to increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying factors that lead youth to engage in delinquent behavior, and build on strengths in each young person.
As per WRPS Administrative Procedure 353, consequences to poor choices include, but are not limited to, the following:
Removal of privileges
Half-day in school suspension
Removal from extra-curricular activities
Suspension from school (in or out)