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We offer several conflict resolution services that includes conflict resolution, conflict coaching, mediation and restorative justice circles.

STUDENT GRIEVANCES

The student grievance process exists to protect students from arbitrary, capricious, and/or unfair acts being committed against them by University faculty and staff.  A student may file a grievance if they believe their rights as a student have not been fully recognized and/or respected.  The Student Rights & Responsibilities Office (SRR) will provide a combination of coaching, assistance, mediation, and advocacy in helping the student address their concerns.

Steps in the Process:

  1. The student is to first meet with the responsible staff in the office where the matter arose in hopes of gaining a resolution.
  2. If after the meeting the student is dissatisfied with the outcome, the following steps are to be followed:
  3. A grievance is to be submitted in writing to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Office by completing the Request for Formal Review of a Student Grievance form. Here is the printable form and to type out the form go here.
  4. When a student submits a grievance, the person must provide their name, contact information, and attach any related documents.
  5. After a grievance is submitted, the student will meet with an SRR staff member to review the matter and discuss and coach the student on moving forward in resolving their concerns.  
  6. The SRR staff member will forward the grievance to the office or individual of concern and begin conversations with them to gather more information and determine the best avenue for resolving the student grievance. This information will be reported back to the student.  
  7. Additional follow-up meetings with offices and/or individuals involved may take place until the matter is resolved.  SRR will coordinate those meetings.

NOTE:  SRR does not retain the authority to mandate formal corrective action from university offices or university staff. In the grievance process, SRR  facilitates the creation of open avenues for the student to fully address their concerns and receive the resolution they desire if that desired resolution is feasible and warranted based on the determined facts.  SRR is committed to advocating for the student when, in the student’s pursuit for resolution to the concerns, there is lack of cooperation from university staff or others involved; or when it is clear to the SRR staff that a student’s rights have been overlooked or violated.

It is the expectation of SRR that the student be actively involved in attempting to resolve their concerns. This means that the student must fully exercise their conflict resolution skills and remain in the forefront in addressing their concerns. If a student chooses to withdraw their grievance, they must complete the Formal Withdrawal of a Student Grievance form located in the SRR Office. This releases the SRR staff from any further assistance to the student and facilitation of resolution. All completed forms and documents submitted are kept on file in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office.

CONFLICT COACHING

This is one-on-one discussion between a SRR staff member and a student in conflict with another who is unwilling to engage in meaningful dialogue. The goal is to identify the resolution approach that best meets the student’s interests and needs.

MEDIATION

Mediation is a process guided by SRR staff where students clearly identify their interests, needs, and resolution options. SRR staff may provide suggestions or recommendations. A written agreement will result, and the SRR staff member will follow up with all parties to ensure it is being fulfilled.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CIRCLES

Restorative Justice Circle is a discussion process where a student, or designated registered student organization representatives meet with other community members in order to identify actions to repair harm done.

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