ERIC Number: ED367938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-23
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In the Spirit of Community: Student Centered Discipline.
VanHecke, JoNes R.; Buckingham, David E.
This conference presentation describes how Virginia Wesleyan College's (VWC) arbitration process, in conjunction with the ideas contained in Ernest Boyer's special report, "Campus Life: In Search of Community", enhances the concept of community at VWC. The paper opens with a brief profile of VWC, a 1,400 student liberal arts school associated with the United Methodist Church, and then discusses the history of the VWC arbitration model. VWC's arbitration project arose from the concept of living and learning. This connection between the classroom and the dorm is also found in Boyer's report which is summarized, paying special attention to three of Boyer's six principles for day-to-day decision making (Just, Disciplined, Caring), and how these relate specifically to VWC and its community arbitration system. Supporting materials include handouts providing terms and definitions for VWC's community arbitration along with an arbitration flowchart. The paper concludes that VWC's model works well in being sensitive to the "Boyer" principles by incorporating mediation, personal responsibility and a well-defined governance program. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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