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Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Resources from the University of Minnesota Student Conflict Resolution Center

The University of Minnesota Student Conflict Resolution Center has been doing a good job developing materials to help their constituents understand and deal with campus conflicts.

A few notable examples include their survey (2007 and then again in 2011) of graduate and professional students (more than 3300 respondents) regarding experiences with academic incivility, a set of DIY handouts promoting constructive problem management, and a series of videos exploring roommate conflicts, grading disputes and charges of academic misconduct.

The 2011 survey of graduate students showed improvement when compared with the 2007 results in terms of the percentage of students experiencing harassment, so progress is being made. Here’s a clip from the most recent survey summary:

Seventeen percent, down from 19% in 2007, reported being harassed by such behavior as hostile communication and threats to academic and employment status. Students reported being harassed most often by faculty who were not their advisers. Twenty percent reported the harassment, those who did not report said they feared retaliation or a negative impact on their career; half said that they didnt believe anyone would help them. Thirty percent of those who did report being harassed felt that they had been retaliated against as a result of reporting the harassment.

Seventy-nine percent, down from 83% in 2007, reported that the harassment somewhat or completely interfered with their ability to work or study. Thirty-six percent, down from 44% in 2007, of those who experienced harassment reported they considered leaving the U as a result. Eighteen percent, down from 29% in 2007, of students who observed another student being harassed considered leaving the U as a result of the harassment.

The University has made a public commitment to improving academic civility on campus for graduate students.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 03 18 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Videos  

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