The Alternative Resolutions provides participants with an opportunity to discuss instances of disagreement or harm and develop their own plan to address the incident. All Alternative Resolutions will be guided by a professional facilitator, however, the outcomes will be determined and agreed upon by the participants. Two Conflict Resolution Processes are available: Restorative Conferencing and Mediation.
Responsibility for monitoring compliance with the agreement rests with those who signed it and the coordinating staff member, with the full understanding that other dispute resolution options may still be available if commitments are not met.
If a resolution cannot be found a hearing may still occur at the discretion of Student Affairs. Details of the conference dialogue will not be shared with anyone outside the conference itself. Any notes taken by the facilitator(s) during the conference will be destroyed upon its conclusion.
In order to participate in a Restorative Conference, student(s) or group representative(s) must take responsibility for their actions. Conference facilitators begin the process by contacting the harmed individual(s) and the individuals(s) who caused the harm, in order to gather information about the incident in question and gauge the impact that the incident has had on them. During this process, other community members may be identified as valuable participants due to their relationship with involved parties, or issues related to the conduct in question and will be asked to attend to the conference.
At a mutually agreed upon time, the conference is convened with all invited participants seated in a circle facing each other. During the conference, all parties have the opportunity to share their perspectives on the incident, its impact on themselves and others, and what they would like to see happen as a result. Eventually, the group will begin to identify actions required to repair the harm that has been done.
At the conclusion of the conference, a written agreement is drafted by the facilitators, while participants have an opportunity to interact informally. Once the drafted agreement is signed, the conference is considered completed.
Mediation is a problem solving process guided by a neutral third party who assists in understanding the issues and exploring options, with the goal of resolving the dispute. All parties have the opportunity to express their concerns. The mediator will not choose sides and will not attempt to determine who is telling the truth or who is lying. The mediation process is confidential with limited exceptions.
Mediation is similar to a Restorative Conference except no outside community members are involved and student(s) or group representative(s) do not need to take responsible.
Last updated 11/5/2018