SCDM Program

Student Conflict and Dispute Management Program offers both mediation and restorative justice

Mediation: a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), voluntary, confidential process, assisting two or more parties in resolving disputes. A trained and impartial third party (mediator) facilitates communication and assists those involved in identifying needs, clarify issues, explore options, and negotiate an agreement.

Restorative justice: a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that brings students together in small groups, empowers them to resolve conflicts and focuses on the needs of all involved.

Our student-centered program focuses on and promotes:

  • Open dialogue, healing and empowerment
  • Full participation and consensus of all participants
  • Better communication in reaching resolutions that repair harm resulting from dispute and conflict
  • Creating a space for better understanding of differences

Some of the types of conflicts the SCDMP can assist in resolving:

  • Roommate conflicts
  • Co-worker conflicts
  • Dating or romantic conflicts (partners involved with communication issues not domestic violence - see IVP - Interpersonal Violence Program)
  • Conflicts between groups, teams, organizations

At the discretion of the Office of Student Conduct, some disciplinary actions may be referred to program on or off campus.

Mediation*

Restorative Justice*

Non-adversarial process

Non-adversarial process

Uses dialogue

Uses dialogue

Brings participants together

Brings participants together

Voluntary

Voluntary

Participants create their own resolution

Participants create their own resolution

Fosters continuity of relationships

Fosters greater communication and accountability

Works toward mutual understanding and cooperation between participants

Works toward mutual understanding and empathy between participants

Seeks win/win outcome

Promotes mutual dignity and healing

*Both options are available and free to undergraduates and graduate students of Binghamton University.

Referral process:

  • Online referral and/or walk-in consultations available
  • Trained mediators (faculty and staff) selected
  • Intake meeting scheduled
  • Decide if mediation or restorative justice is appropriate
  • Schedule session

Referral form:

If you wish to submit a referral and/or participate in the program, please fill out the  form.

Last Updated: 3/23/17