Resources for Conflict Resolution

In order to carry on its work of teaching, research, and public service, the University has an obligation to maintain conditions under which the work of the University can go forward freely, in accordance with the highest standards of quality, institutional integrity, and freedom of expression, with full recognition by all concerned of the rights and privileges, as well as the responsibilities, of those who compose the University community. These campus regulations address the rights and responsibilities of members of the University community and provide campus-wide standards for implementing regulations as a means of sustaining this community. Each member of this campus shares the responsibility of maintaining this unique community so that the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service can be achieved (from Campus Regulations Preamble).


Student and Faculty Codes of Conduct 

Students: Graduate students are responsible for meeting not only the academic standards provided, but also standards for personal conduct and responsibility outlined in the General Catalog, the Graduate Division Graduate Handbook, and other UC publications. Students registered in the University of California assume an obligation to act in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution.  Standards of Conduct and processes for reporting violations are outlined in Chapter VIII of the Campus Regulations

Faculty:The University seeks to provide and sustain an environment conducive to sharing, extending, and critically examining knowledge and values, and to furthering the search for wisdom. Effective performance of these central functions requires that faculty members be free within their respective fields of competence to pursue and teach the truth in accord with appropriate standards of scholarly inquiry.

The faculty’s privileges and protections, including that of tenure, rest on the mutually supportive relationships between the faculty’s special professional competence, its academic freedom, and the central functions of the University. These relationships are also the source of the professional responsibilities of faculty members. It is the intent of the Faculty Code of Conduct to protect academic freedom, to help preserve the highest standards of teaching and scholarship, and to advance the mission of the University as an institution of higher learning (from the Faculty Code of Conduct Preamble).

Departmental Resources for Conflict Resolution  

All members of the Department strive to maintain a positive and professional environment fostering constant growth and collegiality.  However, the DCB is composed of a diverse group of individuals, each with unique personalities and opinions and who often work long hours together.  We understand that conflicts will arise at times.  When you are comfortable and safe doing so, you are encouraged to discuss potential disagreements with your colleagues or Primary Research Advisor and work toward agreeable solutions together.  In cases where this is not possible, students should seek outside assistance as soon as the problem arises.  Please note that, depending on the nature of the discussion, staff and faculty in the DCB may be unable to maintain confidentiality.  See Campus Resources for confidential options. 

Staff Advisor: The Staff Graduate Program Advisor is available for advice and referral and serves as an initial point of contact for students wishing to vocalize and address concerns.  The Staff Advisor can provide impartial feedback on the situation, suggest the role(s) that particular faculty members may play in providing assistance, or advise pursuit of a more formal grievance process if necessary.

Thesis Committee: Existing or potential issues should be presented during your annual thesis committee meeting for review and discussion.  You may also call additional meetings of your committee members to address issues immediately as they arise.  At your discretion, your Primary Research Advisor may or may not be present for supplemental meetings. 

Department Chairperson and Faculty Graduate Advisor: When additional help, guidance, or conflict resolution is needed within the Department, the Chairperson or Faculty Graduate Advisor may be consulted.  Either or both of these individuals may also attend regularly scheduled annual or supplemental thesis committee meetings at your request. 

DCB Amicus Curiae (AC): Appointed by the Chairperson, the DCB Amicus Curiae is a member of the faculty who serves as an impartial “ombudsman” for the Department. The AC may be consulted at any point for open discussion about any question or concern.  Conversations with the AC may be shared with the Staff Advisor when appropriate, but will otherwise be kept confidential whenever possible. Dr. Joan-Emma Shea currently represents the DCB in this capacity. 

If information is disclosed during conversations with any departmental representative that implies or suggests a threat of danger or harm to any individual, confidentiality does not apply.  The appropriate resource or authority will be contacted.  IF YOU ARE IN A THREATENING OR UNSAFE SITUATION, SEEK HELP OR DIAL 911 (9-911 from campus phones) IMMEDIATELY. 

Campus Resources

Office of the Ombuds: The Office of the Ombuds assists the campus community with the informal resolution of any University-related complaint or conflict.  They offer a safe and confidential place to discuss concerns, including workplace issues, interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, bureaucratic runarounds, and many other problems.  The Office of the Ombuds supplements but does not replace existing resources for conflict resolution at UCSB. If you are not satisfied with informal attempts at resolving a conflict, you may choose to initiate a grievance process. The Ombuds can give you information about these types of formal processes but cannot handle or get involved with them.  Consulting with the Office of the Ombuds is completely voluntary. All members of the University community have the right to speak with the Office. Retaliation for exercising that right will not be tolerated.

Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE):  The CARE program provides education about and response to sexual assault, abusive relationships and stalking. CARE provides free and confidential counseling and advocacy. Advocacy begins with conversations about how you have been affected, either as a survivor, or as a friend, significant other or family member of a survivor. Other services include: crisis counseling, assistance with, and answers to questions about, medical and legal procedures and campus judicial procedures, help with academic and housing problems, referrals to long-term counseling, support groups and other campus and community resources.
Counseling and Psychological Services: The goal of personal counseling is to provide you with assistance in resolving the personal and relationship concerns which could impede your academic progress. CAPS counselors will work with you to help you decide which direct services listed on their website might best meet your needs, and/or make appropriate referrals to other services with careful follow-up processes.

Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance: The Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment / Title IX Compliance (OEOSH/TC) is the campus office responsible for the University’s compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment for students, staff and faculty. OEOSH/TC works to promote and integrate the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination and excellence through diversity on campus.