Conflict and Its Resolution

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Understanding the complexity and types of conflicts that may arise on the college campus is essential for dealing with such situations and resolving the conflicts in a systematic and professional manner. College life has become more challenging and mindboggling than ever witnessed historically due to certain reasons including rapid globalization and interconnectivity that has increased the diversity at campuses, awareness pertaining to the rights of the individuals including faculty, students, or other employees, and the legal repercussions associated with these rights have all led to the hike in conflicts emerging at college campuses, thus changing their overall environment (Volpe amp. Chandler, 1999, p. 3). Simultaneously, the awareness and realization regarding the need to resolve these conflicts have also increased dramatically. Institutions are putting in great effort to devise resolution plans. In order to devise these training programs and mediation services, it must be duly noted that there exist various types of conflicts, which span over all spheres of work life at a college campus including faculty, students, and administration. The dynamics of the conflicting parties can vary, and this report would focus on the resolution of conflicts in the following spheres: Residence Halls Student/Faculty Faculty/Faculty and Faculty/Administration The classification of conflicting parties in the aforementioned categories does not at all entail that these are the only conflicting bodies and the range can be diverse and never be ending. However, these are the most important dynamics and so this report would incorporate these only. a) Residence Halls i) What kinds of problems occur in residence halls? According to the classification of conflicts mentioned earlier, the most common type is the conflicts that arise between students associated with the residence halls (McCorkle amp. Mason, 2009). When a large number of students, belonging to diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, class, race, and culture come together under one roof, they are expected to show tolerance and respect towards people nurturing diametrically opposite opinions or beliefs. In such situations, it is not necessary that every individual would be capable of suppressing their disagreement and respecting others’ opinions thus, resulting in conflicts. Issues such as alcoholism, bulimia, drug usage, hacking, computer pornography, suicide, violence, and even petty issues such as differences in sleeping patterns, intolerable habits, and other interpersonal conflicts can be major problems for a college campus. In the following, ways of handling and resolving these issues are discussed. ii) How to solve these problems? It is important to avoid problems at college campuses, however, if such issues arise then they should be resolved with care. Therefore, as a preliminary step, the administrators must focus on assigning students who have the same preferences and lifestyle patterns to the same rooms.