2, Number 2, Feb 2002
Mediation Roleplay #6 (continued)
As a major in international studies, you took Joan's
seminar because you have a deep interest in international
politics, and Joan is a highly regarded teacher and
expert in the field. She only came to campus a year
ago, and until now you hadn't been able to study with
You felt that Joan has been out to make an example of
you in front of the other students. From the first class
she had called on you frequently to address an issue
under discussion. And then she engaged you in debates,
challenging every assumption and argument you offered.
You've felt frustrated and angry. And so you decided
that if she wanted to argue, you'd give her things to
argue about, and you deliberately took provocative stances
just to piss her off.
Then, near the end of the quarter you went to her office
to ask for an extension of 5 days on the research paper
she assigned. You had a good reason, the opportunity
to attend an important 4-day student conference in Baltimore.
As a student leader, you've been involved in other meetings
and conferences on student leadership. Because of that
involvement, you'd been asked to attend this meeting.
When you went to her office to ask her for the extension,
she didn't want to hear your reasons, and said that
you'd better have it in on the deadline. You began to
argue with her and tell her that her treatment of you
the whole quarter has been unfair. You did raise your
voice, and began to move around the desk to talk with
her more directly. She came around the desk and met
you. Putting her hands on your chest, she told you to
get back, or something like that. She had no right to
touch you, and so you pushed her arms away and told
her to "Leave me alone." She then told you
to leave her office and you did.
What a lousy way to end your college career. You had
high hopes that Joan would become a mentor this year,
help you with decisions about graduate schools, and
perhaps even support your application for the fellowship
in international studies which she once held at Oxford.
Now, instead you've got to deal with this stupid complaint,
and any hope of her support has gone up in smoke.
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