Hampshire College recognizes that conflict may occur that does not violate policy and/or can be resolved through informal methods. Some informal methods may include an established process, but do not prompt a conduct record. Methods utilized include meeting with an administrator, an administrator or Resident Advisor (RA) checking in with a student, and informal mediation.
Why Engage in an Informal Process?
There are many reasons a student may choose to engage in an informal process, and while an administrator can help determine when an informal process may be appropriate, it is the individual's right to explore a formal process at any time. Often, students choose an informal process for managing roommate conflicts, exchange of property, conflicts in a friend group or student group, preference to attempt resolution informally before seeking a formal resolution, and much more.