Conflict is normal, and resolving conflict is a vital part of the educational journey of the Babson student. Students are encouraged to access Alternative Resolution Methods regardless of whether the incident rises to the level of a policy violation. To request assistance with navigating any conflict, please feel free to submit a request here, and a team member will follow-up. Additional parties will not be contacted at this point.
Conflict Coaching is a one-on-one meeting with a staff member that serves as a consultation and brainstorming process for students who wish to improve their conflict management and communication skills.
Mediation is a facilitated dialogue where parties can share their perspectives, thoughts, and feelings surrounding a conflict. The Mediator facilitates a conversation between the parties with the goal of reaching an agreement that satisfies the concerns presented and meets the standards of acceptable behavior in a community environment. The role of the Mediator is to serve as a neutral facilitator and not to impose a solution or offer College intervention.
The focus of Restorative Justice (RJ) is to repair harm and rebuild relationships through inclusive decision-making and active accountability after a policy violation has occurred. RJ circles, or conferences, typically include responsible parties, impacted parties, supporting parties, and facilitators. This conflict resolution method is most appropriate when both the responsibile party and impacted party have a desire to discuss the impact of the behavior and steps for moving forward.