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Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services recognized for student programs

February 22, 2013
by Kayla Green

The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services recently was recognized for its outstanding effort and dedication in assisting students in the Fort Collins and campus communities.

(Top) Mike Katz, Student Conduct coordinator; administrative assistants Nakia Lilly and Kathleen Koltz; Darcy Ramirez, senior assistant; associate directors Paul Osincup, Elaine Green, (bottom) Chris Bryson and Melissa Emerson; Craig Chesson, assistant dean of students and director; and graduate student Melissa Williams were all recognized for the inclusivity and innovation they display when helping students overcome their mistakes. Awarded by the Association for Student Conduct Administration, the accolade recognizes the tireless effort the office staff has put in to help students overcome their mistakes. “Part of the college experience is that you’re going to make mistakes, and how can we intervene and help the student,” said Craig Chesson, assistant dean of students.

Inclusivity and innovation

In addition to abiding by nationwide standards, the award also identifies inclusivity and innovation, both of which are displayed in several of their programs. Through their programs, the office collaborates with several on and off-campus departments to offer workshops and conferences facilitating cognitive restructuring, decision-making, and restorative justice.

Party Partners, a program designed to help students with noise and city violations, teaches students proactive steps they can take to minimize conflicts within the larger community. The program, a collaborative effort with the Fort Collins Police and the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services, educates students about how to have responsible parties and improve relationships with neighbors. 

Additionally, the office also hosts neighborhood impact panels, which are table-top discussions between students and Fort Collins community members that help students and community members come together and discuss a variety of topics.

Another program, Restorative Justice, focuses on repairing the harm done. Its primary focus is on the victim’s needs and offender’s ability to accept responsibility for the harm they inflicted as well as acknowledge the obligations that follow as a result. Ultimately, the program seeks societal healing for all parties involved.

“We make sure we listen to students and take into consideration the different challenges going on in their lives,” said Chesson. “Our students are constantly changing, and it’s important for our staff to be cognizant of that.”

Compassion, development key

In keeping up with this constant change, the staff typically attends professional workshops, participates in professional development throughout the year, and brings in a variety of speakers from within the field.

“The staff possesses all of the soft skills and compassion to work with our students,” said Chesson. “It’s great to see others recognize that.”