Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are a diverse group whose personalities, experiences, activities, and personal goals vary widely. Graduate College staff are experienced in the types of conflicts and problems that can arise in this environment. Staff members are available to assist students with effective problem solving and to help students identify steps that may be taken to resolve problems without jeopardizing academic progress.
These resources may help you when conflicts occur:
- Effective Problem Solving
- Policy and Procedures on Grievances by Graduate Students
- Agreement by and between The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Graduate Employees' Organization
- The Student Code
- Campus Administrative Manual
- Instructions for student petitions
- National Center on Professional and Research Ethics
The Graduate Student Handbook contains information about policies related to conflict mediation for graduate students. Policies and procedures to follow vary depending upon the type of conflict and are only recommended once informal options have be exhausted or deemed inappropriate. Graduate College staff can help you in making this determination. See the Graduate Handbook for more information.
The Office for Student Conflict Resolution offers a wide range of services for students involved in disputes or interpersonal conflicts, or those who are experiencing harassment, charges of violation of the student conduct code, or similar problems. The services include student mediation services, referral services, and student discipline. The office is located at 409 Turner Student Services Building, 610 East John Street, C, 333-3680. Inquiries may be submitted electronically to via the office's Web site at www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu.
The Office of the Dean of Students is located at 300 Turner Student Services Building, 610 East John Street, C, IL, 61820. Units serving graduate students include Asian Pacific American Affairs; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns; and Women's Programs. The counseling, advocacy and referral services handle harassment, discrimination, relationship violence, date rape and sexual assault cases, and can be reached at HELPdean@illinois.edu. For more information call (217) 333-0050 Call: (217) 333-0050 or visit the Web at www.odos.illinois.edu. The Emergency Dean (333-0050) offers assistance to students and their families in emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Students who have paid the SORF fee and have not requested a refund may obtain assistance from Student Legal Service attorneys. They handle a range of matters including traffic offenses, landlord-tenant disputes, misdemeanors, and consumer disputes. The attorneys will not handle cases involving one student against another, or a student against the University or the state of Illinois, or felony cases. They cannot go outside Champaign County, but will give the accused person counsel. Student Legal Service is available to help inform students on practical aspects of the law as applied to individual problems. In addition, in-court representation is available in many cases. Priority is given to matters for which a student would be financially unable to retain an attorney.
Students needing an attorney should make an appointment by going to the Student Legal Service office at 324 Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, U, IL 61801. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the school year, including the summer sessions. For more information visit www.odos.illinois.edu/sls/.