Housing Student Conflict Resolution (HSCR)
107 Helen Newberry
432 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1372
Who We Are
The HSCR team is made up of professionals and students who aim to promote restorative justice around campus. Our office is also accessible via HSCRProcess@umich.edu.
|Kevin Mowers||Assistant Director—Student Conduct and Conflict Resolutionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matt DeMonbrun ||Community Circle Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Damiana Sorrell ||Community Circle Program Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brigitte Rowry||Residential Education Administrative Assistantemail@example.com|
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice is a response to a violation that focuses on restoring the harms caused to those who are impacted by the infraction, holding respondents accountable for the harm they have caused, and building peace within communities.
Community Circle Program
Community Circle is a group meeting involving the:
- Respondents: Students who have violated the Community Living at Michigan (CLAM) Policy
- Impacted Parties: Resident advisors, hall directors, roommates, hallmates, housing security officers
- Other Affected Parties: Representative from OSCR
All parties work together to come up with a resolution that will repair the harm done to the community. The dialogue is structured by two student facilitators.
You can get a refresher of the CLAM Policy here!
Community Circle facilitators are student volunteers who help focus the dialogue between the respondent(s) and impacted parties during the meeting. Community Circle impacted parties are student volunteers who help to provide a different perspective of the situation for the respondents, so they are able to recognize how their actions have affected their community. This program would not be able to survive without the dedication of students who are passionate in furthering restorative justice and repairing harm in communities at the University of Michigan.
Please check back later for exact dates on the application timeline, as well as the active application.
Applications are typically posted in early November, followed by interviews and the selection process occurring in late November to mid-December.
Students who are selected to be Community Circle facilitators and impacted parties are required to attend a training session that will take place on a Saturday in mid-January from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Resources for Conflict Resolution
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- CAPS engages with the student to provide activities and services that are connected to the student’s mental health.
- Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- DPS provides police services on a 24-hour basis to contribute to and promote a safe and secure community.
- The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)
- IGR promotes a campus community where students, staff, and faculty engage in a constructive process of creating social justice by offering academic courses, facilitating co-curricular activities, conducting research, and collaborating with others.
- Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR)
- OSCR provides a variety of programs and services designed to support a safe, just and peaceful community, and to help Michigan students learn how to manage and resolve conflict peacefully. OSCR offers a full-spectrum menu of conflict resolution pathways, including Facilitated Dialogue, Restorative Justice Circles, Shuttle Negotiation, Social Justice Mediation, as well as the Formal Conflict Resolution process.
- A center that provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
- Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
- A resource for students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, mobility impairments hearing impairments, chronic health problems, and psychological disabilities.
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
- SAPAC provides educational and supportive services to the UM Community related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking, including a 24-hour crisis line.
- Spectrum Center
- A resource of support and advocacy for students under a framework of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
- Student Legal Services (SLS)
- A full-service law office offering free legal services to all currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor campus.
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Howard Zehr
- The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking, Kay Pranis
Housing Student Conflict Resolution (HSCR) Office
107 Helen Newberry Residence Hall
432 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1372
Our office is located at Helen Newberry Residence Hall, room number 107. If coming in from the State Street entrance, turn right once in the building. Then, proceed down the long hallway, past the lounge, and through the door. Our office is located directly to the left. If coming in from the Maynard Street entrance, go up the five stairs and our office will be located directly to the right.