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Summary of student conflict resolutions published


In an effort to bring greater understanding to the University community about the resolution of complaints filed under the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the office that administers the statement is publishing, for the first time, a six-month summary of its activities.

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The Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), within the division of Student Affairs, is charged with administering the statement and handling complaints stemming from violations of its principles. The statement applies to all students and is the University's non-academic conduct policy.

It describes behaviors that are inconsistent with the values of the University community and outlines procedures for responding to such behaviors. The statement is intended to maintain the best learning environment for students, says Simone Himbeault Taylor, associate vice president for student affairs, who oversees OSCR as one of her responsibilities. In the summary, data are reported by case or by the total number of alleged violations.

Himbeault Taylor says the statement requires that such a summary be available.

"Previously, it has been available for review at the OSCR office and on the Web. The Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) Student Rights Commission regularly reviews the summary," Himbeault Taylor says. "However, because we see the statement as an educational tool, we believe it is important to take an even more proactive role in letting the University community have access to the summary of activity generated from the statement."

Keith Elkin, director of OSCR, says another key reason for publishing the summary is feedback he has received from faculty and students. "We've had many requests for information about the statement, our office, how cases are resolved and our educational mission," Elkin says. "We're hoping these semi-annual summaries—to be published at the beginning of winter and fall terms—will help answer those questions."

The statement is designed to be primarily educational in nature. A biannual amendment process involves faculty and staff as well as students. They work on cases as Resolution Board members, and they may initiate the complaint process, appear as witnesses and act as advisors.

Representatives from all three constituencies serve on the Student Relations Advisory Committee, a Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) group that advises the vice president for student affairs. The SACUA committee reviews proposals made by MSA, the Senate Assembly and the executive officers during the amendment process.

To learn more about OSCR, the statement or conflict resolution in general, visit http://www.umich.edu/~oscr.

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