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:

  1. Complete the Peer Mediation Request Form. Paper copy also available in the Counseling Center.
  2. Email a copy of the request form to your school counselor or drop off a paper copy to the Counseling Center.
  3. 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.