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Mediation and Judicial Services

The office of mediation and judicial services strives to promote a learning environment that is safe and positive, in which the rights of all members of the campus community are respected. We seek to promote student learning and development by increasing awareness of the College community’s expectations of behavior, holding students accountable for violations of these expectations and developing educational sanctions designed to help students learn and grow from their mistakes. We strive to help students see both the immediate and the long-term consequences of their behavior.

The judicial process is an educational opportunity that allows individuals to learn from their mistakes, while at the same time protecting the rights of all members of the campus community. This process provides opportunities for students to discover underlying issues that lead to irresponsible behavior and to recognize the need to accept responsibility. Recognizing that our students are the leaders of tomorrow, we seek to help them develop their character and become a person of integrity through this educational process. The judicial process is explained further under Student Rights and Responsibilities of The Eagle, the student handbook.  Every student is responsible for knowing the information and campus policies in The Eagle.

We also use restorative justice practices regarding harms caused.  In situations where a student takes responsibility, we may use restorative justice in addition to or in place of the judicial process.  The College has two designated boards to handle various campus policy infractions: the Judicial Hearing Board and the Honor Council. Any matter may also be handled administratively by the dean of students or the vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Students involved in conflict(s) with another individual(s) or roommate may have the conflict(s) mediated with the assistance of a third party mediator assigned.  To request mediation, please speak to a student life staff member.

John Manson
Director of Mediation and Judicial Services
jmanson@bridgewater.edu
Phone: 540-828-5324
Office: Rebecca Hall Room 205