Office of Student Conflict Resolution

A Letter from E. Royster Harper Regarding the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

"The University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (the University) is dedicated to supporting and maintaining a scholarly community. As its central purpose, this community promotes intellectual inquiry through vigorous discourse. Values which undergird this purpose include civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety.  When students choose to accept admission to the University, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University's academic and social community."

Tips for Resolving Academic Conflicts

Academic conflicts can be stressful and overwhelming for U of M students. It can be difficult to get these conflicts resolved independently while trying to keep up on reading, writing papers, and studying for exams. Fortunately, there are resources provided by OSCR that can help you resolve academic conflicts in a peaceful and socially just way. Some academic conflicts involve grade disputes with a professor. These can be challenging to experience on your own. OSCR does not handle grade disputes- these are handled by the Office of the Ombuds.

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University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

The University of Michigan (University) supports its educational mission by fostering a community based on civility, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety. Consistent with these values, the University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities.

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Four Things to Keep in Mind during a Disagreement

Both you and the other person should be respectful and feel respected at all times during an argument. If you can feel the tension rising in the room (e.g. escalated voices, inappropriate language) use your words to bring attention to this. It might be more constructive to walk away and return to the issue at a later time.