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If you have a conflict with another student, Peer Mediation may be the answer! Conflicts can include being in a fight with a friend, another student talking about you to other students, or even being annoyed by someone else’s behavior. Peer mediation is a great approach when something has been going on for a while and is not getting better.
Peer mediation is problem solving by students, with students. It is a process by which two or more students involved in a conflict meet in a private, safe and confidential setting to work out problems with the assistance of a trained student mediator.
To request a mediation:
- Complete the Peer Mediation Request Form. Paper copy also available in the Counseling Center.
- Email a copy of the request form to your school counselor or drop off a paper copy to the Counseling Center.
- Your school counselor will review the request and contact students to schedule the mediation.
What is Appropriate for Peer Mediation?
- trading insults in the classroom
- name calling and/or teasing
- spreading rumors and/or gossiping
- verbal slurs (minor)
- hurting one another’s feelings
- hurt friendship or relationships
- select social media conflicts (minor)
- personal property damage and/or theft (minor)
- collaborative group project/assignment conflicts
- physical contact (minor – pushing, shoving, etc.)
What is NOT Appropriate for Peer Mediation?
- verbal slurs (major)
- threats (physical, emotional, etc.)
- harassment, intimidation and/or bullying
- social media conflicts (major)
- teacher and/or staff-student conflicts
- parent and/or staff-student conflicts
- physical aggression (fighting, hitting, punching, etc.)
- personal property damage or theft (major)
- weapons or threat
- drug use, distribution, theft-related conflicts
- harming of oneself or others situations
- discriminatory behaviors
Becoming a Peer Mediator:
- Any student interested in being a Peer Mediator must complete an application and submit to the Counseling Center by the end of September.
- Peer Mediator Coordinators will review all complete applications and notify selected applicants soon after the application deadline.
- Peer Mediators will miss some academic time for training, which takes place at BPS. Students must attend the entire training.
- Depending on the number of referrals, Peer Mediators will likely miss 1 class period every 3-6 weeks.
- For more details, stop by the Counseling Center.