We engage in our collective work as a new Graduate School mindful of our special mission to advance restorative practices in all that we do. In that we did not arise from a pre-existing college with established traditions, we place the following expectations in front of us, as students, faculty, staff, and board members, interact with one another:

Students Should Expect…

  • to participate in an organization employing “fair process”;
  • to be supported in the process of teaching and learning by staff and Board;
  • to receive fair and individual attention from faculty;
  • to receive from faculty the opportunity to acquire a quality education that meets
    the goals of their programs;
  • to receive useful advising and guidance from faculty and staff;
  • to follow faculty expectations and participate actively;
  • to give and receive honest feedback with all others;
  • to offer moral and financial support to the institution as circumstances allow;
  • to be offered opportunity to give feedback to trustees.

Faculty Should Expect…

  • to participate in an organization employing “fair process”;
  • to be supported in the process of teaching and learning by staff and Board;
  • to be offered opportunity to give feedback to trustees;
  • to offer students fair and individual attention in classes and in advising;
  • to offer students the opportunity to acquire a quality education that meets
    the goals of the students’ programs;
  • to model restorative teaching styles in their classrooms;
  • to receive genuine effort, cooperation, and participation from students;
  • to cooperate with staff and Board as needed to manage the organization
    effectively and efficiently;
  • to both receive from and offer to the staff and Board trust and support;
  • to give and receive honest feedback with all others.

Staff Should Expect…

  • to participate in an organization employing “fair process”;
  • to support the process of teaching and learning among students and faculty;
  • to give and receive honest feedback with all others;
  • to offer students accessibility, support, quality advising, guidance, etc.;
  • to provide for the faculty’s needs for instructional support, technology, etc.;
  • to receive from the faculty timely and accurate data, cooperation, policy
    adherence, etc.;
  • to both give and receive trust and support to faculty and Board;
  • to support the Board’s functions with timely information, staff access,
    communications and updates, policy recommendations, etc.

The Board Should Expect…

  • to oversee an organization employing fair process;
  • to nurture an organization in which all constituents remain faithful to the mission;
  • to oversee a governance structure marked by openness, transparency, trust, respect, and safety;
  • to hold the President responsible for the administration of the institution and to focus its own activity on policy and program issues;
  • to offer trust, but also to demand accountability from all constituencies;
  • to be ever mindful of its oversight responsibilities for financial, educational, and mission integrity;
  • to receive the information it needs from faculty and staff to be timely and accurate
    in the making of institutional decisions;
  • to receive, from observing the actions and testimony of students, faculty, and staff
    in pursuing our mission, the encouragement to serve with a good conscience and
    a light heart.