Conflict Resolution

To promote a cooperative atmosphere within the community, allow opportunity for self-reflection, and use high graduate level academic standards, we will handle all disputes in a spirit of goodwill. We will abide by the MPA Grievance Procedures, the Evergreen State College Social Contract, and the Evergreen State College Student Conduct Code.

Procedure:

1)  Discuss any problems involving others in the learning community directly with the individual(s) involved (if the students feel safe to do so and it is culturally appropriate). Possessing respect for others is fundamental to an open, free, and educational dialogue. All students are expected to support and contribute to a well-functioning MPA classroom and learning community.

2)  If conflict coaching is needed or an outside third party is needed, mediation resources may be accessed through the CARE Network.

When conflict occurs, members of the community may do the following, as appropriate:

a) Focus on ideas & behaviors to avoid personal attacks or inflammatory language while striving for resolution.

b) Respectfully contact the other party directly or engage in culturally appropriate mediation before the situation escalates.

c) If the conflict cannot be resolved directly or is of a serious nature, contact the course faculty.

d) If the conflict is with faculty, contact the MPA Director or Academic Deans.

e) If the conflict is with the MPA Director, contact the Academic Deans.

In issues of safety or violation of the law, reports can be made to Police Services directly or using the online reporting system.

Evergreen State College Conflict Resolution Process Matrix

On-Campus Resources for Individuals in Conflict

Note: The CARE Network is a resource for any conflicts described below. If a conflict may involve discrimination or sexual harassment, the campus Civil Rights Officer can provide assistance.

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Police Services Office: Questions of law or safety

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First Peoples' Advising: Variety of support for students of color

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