News Articles/Appearances/Interviews

July 31, 2014 – Sound Ideas, WGLT. (W. Kern) Guests: Rick Olshak and Karla Carney-Hall (Topic: Sexual assault on college campuses).

December 3, 2013 – Sound Ideas, WGLT,. (C. Schlenker) Guest: Rick Olshak (Topic: The drinking culture at Illinois State University).

May 6, 2013 – After Shootings, Morgan State U. Trains Students in Conflict Resolution. (A. Schnoebelen). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

February 24, 2010 – A Lack of Consequences for Sexual Assault. (K. Lombardi). The Center for Public Integrity.

December 3, 2009 – National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation. (Rick was a guest on this national program as a spokesperson for student conduct professionals managing sexual misconduct cases. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.)

December 1, 2009 – Sexual Assault on Campus Shrouded in Secrecy. (K. Lombardi). The Center for Public Integrity.

2005 – Living the College Life: Real Students. Real Experiences. Real Advice. (K. Paulsen). Wiley Publishing. 

February 8, 2002 – Colleges gauge best ways to notify parents. Associated Press. (From Gainesville Sun)

May 12, 2000 – Publicizing Campus Disciplinary Hearings. (Editorial by Richard T. Olshak). The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Olshak, Richard T. (2009). “Utilizing needs assessment and deliberative planning to enhance conflict systems development.” In N. Giacomini & J. Meyer Schrage (eds.) Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens (Stylus).

Olshak, Richard T. (2009). “Sustaining a worthy investment: Assessing conflict resolution programs.” In N. Giacomini & J. Meyer Schrage (eds.) Reframing Campus Conflict Student: Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens (Stylus).

Olshak, Richard T. (2004). Review Essay [Review of the book Restorative Justice on the College Campus]. ACResolution 4(1): 6.

Olshak, Richard T. (2004). A RA/CA’s guide to conflict styles, resolution strategies, and knowing when to serve as a referral agent, developed as a part of the “Lovin’ the Learnin” resident assistant training series on (on-line educational program).

Olshak, R. (Producer, Narrator) and Thomas, T. (Director). (2003). An introduction to managing conflict [educational video]. Illinois State University.

Olshak, Richard T. (2001). Mastering mediation: A guide to training mediators in the college and university setting, LRP Publications, 540 pp., ISBN No. 1578340233; first edition royalties donated to the Association for Student Judicial Affairs.

Olshak, Richard T. (2000). Dealing with issues of academic integrity at ISU. The Catalyst, (Newsletter from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching) Normal, Illinois: Illinois State University.

Olshak, Richard T. and Susan Trageser. ASJA mediation component gaining strength, Conflict Management in Higher Education Report, Vol. 1 No. 2, March/April 2000 (on-line journal published by William C. Warters, Ph.D. and Wayne State University).

Olshak, Richard T. (1999-present). A guide for effective sanctioning: From Theory to Practice, independently written manual for judicial affairs professionals distributed via the ASJA listserv – updated annually; document donated to ASJA and distributed as a member service, 101 pp.

Videto, Donna M., Ph.D., Bonnie C. Hodges, Ph.D., Raymond Franco, Ph.D., Richard T. Olshak, and Antoinette Price. “Development of a college alcohol intervention program,” The Healthy Educator, Journal of Eta Sigma Gamma, Fall 1997.

Noteworthy Blog Posts

August 25, 2013: FIRE wins a battle, continues to mislead about the war.

May 13, 2011: OCR versus the one-trick pony.

May 5, 2011: More on OCR “Dear Colleague” letter.

April 25, 2011: So say we all.

April 4, 2011: The OCR “Dear Colleague” letter.

Citations and Acknowledgements

Daniel, G. Web-based evaluation survey of campus mediation programs: Perceptions from the field. Doctoral Dissertation, Temple University.

Kloster, A. Student and professorial causes of action against non-university actors. The Heritage Foundation. June 21, 2012.

LePeau, L., Morgan, D., Zimmerman, H., & Marcotte, B. (2015). Connecting to get things done: A conceptual model of the process used to respond to bias incidents, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education,  July 6 online publication retrieved from

Levine, A. & Dean, D. (2012). Generation on a tightrope: A portrait of today’s college student. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Walton, T. Protecting Student Privacy: Reporting Campus Crimes as an Alternative to Disclosing Student Disciplinary Records. Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 77:143.

Warters, W. Campus ADR. (video link)