Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices and Well-Being

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There is a dynamic relationship between the well-being of individuals and the health of the community in which they live, learn, and work. In the community we call “Our UMBC,” when interpersonal relationships are authentically strong and supportive, people flourish. Healthy relationships contribute directly and indirectly to well-being. In Student Conduct and Community Standards, we use restorative practices as a proactive community-building strategy. The following graphic depicts how restorative practices connect to and foster well-being:

Affective statements and restorative questions

Doing “with”
rather than “to”

Inclusive conduct processes

Informal and formal restorative circles

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Strengthened relationships between individuals

Strengthened social connections with communities

Increased sense of personal and collective efficacy

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Increased sense of community and belonging

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Overall health and well-being of the community and its members

Affective Statements

Instead of a judgment, assumption, or saying/doing something that is passive-aggressive, try an affective statement.

Affective statement sentence structure: “I feel __________ (emotion) when you __________ (behavior). I value __________ (need). Would/could you __________ (request)?”


  • “I feel frustrated when you leave dirty dishes piled up by the sink. I value you as a roommate and the work we put into our RoomPact agreement. Could you commit to cleaning up your dishes after you eat?”
  • “I feel disrespected when you play your music while I’m studying in the room. I value my academic success and want to do well this semester. Would you consider using ear buds or headphones if you want to listen to music when I am studying?”

Restorative Questions

Roommate Conflict? Falling out with your significant other? Dispute with a sibling or other family member? Drama in your student organization?

Try a restorative question:

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking about at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • What has been the hardest part for you?
  • What do you think needs to be done to set things right?