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Conflict Mediation Services
The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution supports students in assuming self and social responsibility in times of conflict. Conflict is an inevitable aspect of college life and mediation is a process rooted in the belief that people can resolve their own disputes peacefully. Trained mediators provide a setting where it is possible for individuals to:
- Share their concerns,
- Be heard
- Come to a workable solution that you choose
What does mediation look like?
- Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process available to UMD students.
- Each person has uninterrupted time to share what happened and what they hope to accomplish in the mediation.
- Mediator facilitates the dialogue based on the topics identified as important by the participants.
- If an agreement is reached, the mediator drafts a document that is signed by all parties.
What should I expect from the mediator?
Your mediator will not side with a person, an issue, a proposed solution or declare an outcome as right or wrong, better or worse. Instead, your mediator will ask questions and guide people through the process. Then they help them write up their decisions and agreements.
Your mediator has received the necessary training and meets the requirements for a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 and takes continuing education each year to remain active as a mediator with UMD.
How is this different than the meeting I had with my RA or RD?
Housing and Residence Life is a great initial resource for conflict experienced by students who live in the residence halls. Mediation offered in the OSCCR is open to all students and uses a specific process designed to help participants identify and communicate their needs and interests in the hope of reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement. This mediation will likely be structured differently than conversations facilitated by Housing and Residence Life staff.
Okay, where do I sign up?
To request mediation services or to get your questions answered, you may call us at 218-726-7255, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the form below: