To the University of Iowa Community:
Effective conflict management is critical to the success of our institution. Our large and diverse university includes thousands of students, faculty and staff who work, study and live closely together, which inevitably leads to conflicts. In addition, academic environments necessarily involve strongly-felt differences of opinion, critiques, and evaluations. Un-addressed conflicts, however, reduce the productivity of faculty, staff and students, taking time and energy away from research, teaching, learning and other important endeavors. Managing conflicts well is an important part of a vital, thriving community and is essential to effective collaboration and teamwork and the development of trust. It is my hope that the resources provided on this website will help everyone on campus take responsibility to manage conflict early, respectfully, and appropriately.
How To Use This Website
This website is intended to serve as a resource on effective conflict management for all members of the University of Iowa community. It is a work in progress; please provide any feedback to the Office of the Ombudsperson.
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