Office of Student Conflict Resolution

Restorative Justice Circle

When an individual or a community has been harmed, there are multiple ways to respond to the wrongdoing. A Restorative Justice approach offers an opportunity for all individuals involved (including responsible, impacted, affected, and supporting parties) to come together to gain a shared understanding of what happened, how people were affected, and how the situation may be repaired and the community and/or individuals restored.

Social Justice Mediation

When individuals in conflict would like an opportunity to share their stories and explore their desired outcomes with mediators in a private space, and indirectly (and/or directly) engage with others involved in the conflict using the assistance of mediators, they may choose Social Justice Mediation. In this process, each person in a conflict meets privately with a pair of multipartial mediators to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to a conflict, including discussion of any issues related to social identity that inform the conflict.

Facilitated Dialogue

When individuals or group members in conflict are interested in direct communication with each other, and feel that having a third party facilitate the conversation would be helpful, OSCR professionals can facilitate the dialogue. Facilitated Dialogues provide an opportunity to create a shared understanding of opinions, beliefs, and experiences. The focus of a Facilitated Dialogue is creating a safe space for all voices to be heard, and also potentially exploring how differences of opinion may be managed.

Tips for Selecting a Pathway

Tips for choosing different sub-services available under ACR. Some of the pathways are Conflict Coaching, Facilitated Dialogue and Social Justics Mediation.