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Since 1968, the Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) has been assisting students resolve campus-based problems and concerns. Originally founded as the Student Ombudsman Service, it merged with the Student Advocate Service to create the Student Dispute Resolution Center in the 1980's. Until 2005, the Student Dispute Resolution Center was a student organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, entirely student-fee funded.
In 2005, the Student Dispute Resolution Center became the Student Conflict Resolution Center and an office within the Vice Provost of Student Affairs. In order to ensure impartiality for the students, faculty, and staff, a charter was put in place recognizing the independence of SCRC. Today, SCRC is still student-fee funded and serves approximately 600 students per year.
Jan Morse: Director, Ombudsman
Jan is a certified mediator and ombudsman and has been the director of the SCRC for over 20 years. A graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, she launched the U of M Academic Civility Initiative and currently leads the U of M work group on mentoring & advising graduate and professional students. Jan was an officer and has been a board member of the International Ombudsman Association and is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter on conflict resolution.
Michael Huyen: Assistant Director, Ombudsman
From St. Paul, MN, Michael attended St. John's University and completed his B.A. in political science at the U of M where he was an SCRC Ombudsman from 1989-1994.