History of the initiative
In 1995, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' initiative and the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution established a system-wide conflict resolution program as a way to:
- Communicate differences without opposition
- Resolve conflict at the lowest level
- Improve institutional environment
- Lead the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in higher education
As a response to the Board of Regents' directive, VSU created a committee of representatives from across campus and chose liaisons to the University System Advisory Committee. Currently, Dr. Martha Laughlin and Mrs. Rebecca Murphy serve as the VSU ADR liaisons. The work of the committee reports to the University President.
Mediation and Conflict Coaching services are offered in collaboration with the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Board of Regents Conflict Resolution Goals
- To establish System-wide conflict resolution programs which are developed for and well integrated into the particular institutions culture of each campus.
- To decrease reliance on adversarial process, both within the System and in its dealings with other persons and agencies.
- To achieve timely, equitable, and satisfactory resolutions at the lowest level and reduce conflict recurrence.
- To make the institutional environment more protective of human dignity and trust, more respectful of the value of conflict, and more effective in fostering communication and community.
- To make the University System of Georgia an exemplary and nationally recognized leader in the development of ADR in higher education.