back readers! The staff of the Campus Conflict Resolution
Resource Center hopes you had an enjoyable summer, assuming
of course that you can still remember it! The academic
year is now in full swing and we have been working hard
to bring you another information-filled edition of the
Report. As we launch into Volume 3 of the Report, with
7 issues already behind us, our goal remains to provide
you with thought-provoking feature articles, useful
resources and the latest news in the field.
addition to our collection of tool reviews, and
new items found in the periodicals, this issue
features a thoughtful piece on restorative justice
practices on campus, a report on research with
college student leaders trained in conflict resolution,
a piece on researching campus conflict "cultures,"
and an article on intervening in departmental
in this issue we're pleased to present the first
in our series of Campus Conflict Resolution Briefing
Papers, a set of commissioned papers on topics
of particular interest to practitioners working
in higher education settings. Our first paper
explores the similarities and differences between
mediation and ombuds work. Author Tim Griffin
is the Ombuds officer at Northern Illinois University.
He is well prepared for the task, bringing a Ph.D.
in Higher Education and experience as a board
member of the University and College Ombuds Association.
Our second Brief, scheduled to run in the next
issue, will examine the question of liability
for campus mediation programs and practitioners.
once again for your continued interest in constructive
approaches to working with and learning from conflict
in higher education. Together I know we can improve
the quality of life on campus.