Social growth as described in the Honor Code allows students of the community to address concerns through confrontation. Confrontation is by no means meant to be hostile, but rather viewed as a tool for understanding one another, exchanging ideas to move forward, to self-reflect and to resolve issues. This helps establish a safe community in which all members are respected and can truly feel valued.
If a student thinks that a social infraction occurred and is not able to work out the problem in a one-on-one conversation, the student may seek the help of the Conflict Resolution Committee (CRC), Honor Board Dorm Liaisons, the Counseling Center, or by asking a Hall Adviser or Dean to facilitate (not mediate) a meaningful conversation.
Meet the CRC:
The Bryn Mawr College CRC is an SGA appointed committee that aims to aid students in resolving social issues. It is always best to confront the problem as opposed to “letting it slide.” While confrontation often has a negative connotation, we view it as a tool of empowerment. We believe our students to be absolutely capable of addressing issues as part of the learning and growth process.
Confidentiality is vital to the success of the Honor Code. Knowledge of any social conflict is confined to as few people as possible (parties involved, members of the Honor Board and those who might have taken part in mediation processes). All witnesses and parties are required to keep all proceedings strictly confidential.
To get in touch with the CRC, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage fellow students to feel empowered and confident in expressing their perspective. We hope to create sustainable solutions in order to uphold a culture that is able and willing to confront conflict when it arises. The primary role of the CRC is to facilitate dialogue and assist students to find solutions that benefit all parties involved.
As a third party we listen to concerns and offer recommendations in order to have a framework for positive resolution. Our goal is to provide intentional solutions that will lead to wholesome resolution of conflicts.
The CRC recommends that you talk to members of your DLT about the situation to help you process and truly target the problem.
a. Once after defining what you would like to have resolved, Hall Adviser’s may facilitate a conversation between yourself and the other party.
b. If no resolution can be reached, your HA will ask that you fill out the CRC Conflict Intake Form
i. This form can be found under the Conflict Resolution Committee tab on the Honor Board page at http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/conflict-resolution-committee/
ii. This intake form will be structured so that you can tell us the problem, let us know which days and times work best for you to hold a conversation, and let you make a note of the location you are most comfortable with for having this conversation
c. If you would like to just speak directly with a member of the Conflict Resolution Committee, we can be reached by our personal Bryn Mawr emails, at email@example.com, or during our office hours.
You will be asked to get in touch with the other party to also fill out this Intake Form.
a. If you need help composing this invitation to conversation, please get in touch with the CRC and we will help you draft the email or give you tips on the best ways to ask to have a mediated conversation with a third-party in person
i. A good time to meet with us would be during our office hours in the lower level of Guild:
Monday 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Sarah)
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Anne Claire)
Thursday 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Anne Claire)
Friday 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Adriana)
The CRC will review the submitted Conflict Intake Forms and will set a date and time during which all the parties are available for a mediated conversation.
a. We will have two members of the CRC present for each conversation, but please let us know if you have any conflicts of interest with any current member of the CRC. Current members of the CRC and their contact information can be found at http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/conflict-resolution-committee/.
Following this mediated conversation, the CRC will follow-up by asking the parties involved to answer a few Reflection Questions. This set of questions will be sent 3 days after the mediated conversation has taken place and will be used to gage an understanding of how well the recommended resolutions had accomplished in resolving the issue and how well the third-party mediation had worked.
If further conversation is needed, the CRC will be able to meet with the same parties on the same issue up to 3 times total, before they recommend a Social Honor Board Hearing.
Social Honor Board Hearings create binding resolutions. Failure to comply with Social Honor Board Hearing resolutions agreed upon by a Social Honor Board will be considered an additional infraction of the Honor Code and will be dealt with accordingly.
a. Additional appearances before the Honor Board will be looked on more severely and resolutions for such appearances may result in, but are not limited to, removal from the College.
In the rare case all CRC representatives are compromised because of conflicts of interest, the Honor Board representative to the CRC will take on the role of mediator for the parties with a conflict.
All information involved in the process described above will be kept in strict confidentiality. Abstracts will be released online for the community for purposes of transparency and community education. These will be anonymized with no connection to dates or names, and will be released at the discretion of the CRC 2-4 semesters after the fact.