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Rick OlshakWelcome to the professional website of Richard T. (Rick) Olshak.

Rick has been a student affairs professional since 1990 and a higher education consultant since 1994. Rick serves as an associate dean of students at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he is also completing his doctorate degree in educational administration and foundations. Rick is an affiliated consultant for the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM), and is the co-chair of NCHERM’s practice group for conflict resolution, also known as NCHERM-CR.  Rick is a past president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).

Rick’s areas of professional expertise include conflict resolution, mediation, student conduct administration, program and needs assessment, training conduct boards and hearing officers, sanctioning student misconduct, student organization investigations, and addressing Title IX allegations (sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and relationship violence).

This website includes information on Rick’s professional career, resources for higher education and conflict resolution professionals, and consulting and speaking services.


May 27, 2014 – Brett Sokolow and Rick Olshak facilitated a webinar today on Policing the Drunken Hookup: Law, Policy, and Best Practices, moderated by Brian Van Brunt. Van Brunt and Olshak will repeat this webinar on September 16 at 1:00 pm Eastern.

December 3, 2013 – Rick was interviewed on the difficulties of underage drinking and binge drinking within the Illinois State University community, as well as to discuss societal issues surrounding alcohol. Click here for the interview.

October 27-29, 2013 – Rick was at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo in Las Vegas as a representative of the National Center for Higher Education Rick Management – Conflict Management (NCHERM-CR). We had a great opportunity to interact with many current NCHERM clients and also met a number of new people. It was a great opportunity to talk about our conflict resolution offerings. Many thanks to Daniel Swinton, Marianne Price, and Brett Sokolow for making this a great trip!

October 7, 2013 – Rick was the featured presenter at the Meeting of Midwest Deans at the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) retreat site at Allerton Park. Rick spoke about Title IX and the DCL, as well as emerging issues in student conduct administration. Thanks to Dr. Gina Lee-Olukoya and Dr. C. Renée Romano for the invitation and for being gracious hosts! Click here to see Rick’s presentation.

May 9, 2013 – Rick was interviewed for an article on campus conflict resolution that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Click here to read the article.