Frequently Asked Questions

What is SCDMP?

SCDMP is an acronym for our Student Conflict and Dispute Management Program that offers services such as conflict coaching, mediation and restorative justice. The SCDMP is a part of the Office of Student Conduct and partners with Residential Life and the Dean of Students Office.

Where is the SCDMP located?

Office of Student Conduct
Tuscarora Office Building (College-in-the-Woods), Suite 3J
(607) 777-6210
scdmp@binghamton.edu

What are the hours of the program?

  • 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (fall/spring semester hours)
  • 8 a.m – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (summer hours)

Is the program available to undergraduate and graduate students?

Yes, the program is available to all Binghamton University students free of charge.

What occurs once a referral is received?

The referral is reviewed to determine if the content provided in the referral meets the criteria of the program. (If it does not meet the criteria of the program, the referral source is contacted, notified and provided suggestions of other options that may be helpful to address the concern.) 

If the referral meets the criteria of the program, the parties listed in the referral receive correspondence to meet individually in-person to discuss the referral, share their experiences and explore options for moving forward. If there is interest to move forward with mediation or restorative justice, all parties must mutually agree and then facilitators are selected and a session/conference is scheduled. 

What are the benefits of the SCDMP?

  • Provides a student-centered approach to resolving conflicts
  • Students learn to engage in meaningful communication to reach resolutions and repair harm that resulted from dispute and conflict.
  • Students develop strategies to express feelings and understand others.
  • Students who participate in the SCDMP learn skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, fostering empathy and working through differences with others.

What is mediation?

An alternative method to resolve conflict that is appropriate when a violation arises due to a dispute between students and is guided by a trained neutral third-party. It is a voluntary process that requires mutual agreement and commitment of all involved parties. Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogue and share their feelings, needs, interests and resolution options. The goal is that this process will result in a written agreement to resolve an interpersonal concern/dispute and prevent it from occurring in the future. 

What is restorative justice?

An alternative method to resolve a conflict, dispute or policy violation with open dialogue that is healing and empowering to participants. An essential requirement for RJ is the person(s) of concern must acknowledge and accept responsibility for their offenses in an effort of repairing harm and rebuilding trust as a campus community member. It is a voluntary process that requires mutual agreement and commitment of all involved parties. 

Why should I participate in a restorative justice conference?

Participating in a conference will offer everyone involved fuller insight into how the incident, and the choices that inspired the incident, affected the community. This process promotes growth by helping persons of concern better understand the impact of their choices and how to make better choices in the future. Conferences also give the harmed parties an opportunity to move forward and heal. RJ conferences reaffirm the humanity of everyone involved.

Who else participates in the RJ conference?

Participants included in a RJ conference include the following:

  • The harmed party/parties
  • Individual(s) of concern 
  • Community member(s)
  • The conference is facilitated by two trained staff members who create an environment that is supportive of open dialogue to discuss the harm, impact of the harm, and ways for the person(s) of concern to repair harm and restore trust with the harmed party/parties and campus community. 

How long will the conference take?

Every conference is different and addresses different concerns. Therefore, the timing of a conference can differ from case to case. Generally a thorough conference can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

What happens at the conference?

It is important for conference participants to know and understand that a conference is only as useful as the participants allow for it to be. Honesty and transparency are key components to a successful conference. 

Participants are asked to engage in the process, participate in active listening and seek to understand versus defend. Participants are also asked to respond and articulate how they have been impacted as well as identify ways to restore the trust moving forward.

What happens after the conference?

After the conference, participants are asked to keep the information discussed confidential. Additionally, participants are asked to actively think about what they have learned and apply that knowledge to future situations.

For those who have completed an agreement as a resolution to the case, they are asked to adhere to the agreement and complete obligations outlined in the agreement. 

Is the SCDMP (restorative justice) option available to resolve Title IX/sexual misconduct cases?

The SCDMP is currently not available as an option to address or resolve Title IX/sexual misconduct cases. 

What if I am included in a referral and I choose to not engage in the intake meeting and/or the process?

Engaging in the SCDMP is completely voluntary. We strongly encourage students to meet with a staff member to learn more about the submitted referral and their options moving forward, however it is not mandated to meet with a staff member.