June 20-21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Cleveland, Ohio

5th Annual Colloquium on Abrasive Conduct in Higher Education

Addressing Abrasive Conduct and Creating Civility

For the last five years, professionals in the higher education industry have convened to address the problem of workplace bullying in the academic environment at a conference hosted by the Consortium on Abrasive Conduct in Higher Education (CACHE), of which Sibson is a proud member. You’re invited to join the discussion – mark your calendar now for Oct. 17-18, 2018 to Save the Date!

Date: October 17-18, 2018
Venue: George Mason University
Washington, D.C.

The 6th Annual Colloquium will focus on gaining practical skills to assist you and your leadership in dealing with abrasive conduct in your home institutions of higher learning. If you are interested in creating a culture of civility and learning to deal with abrasive individuals who disrupt the learning and research activities at your institution, this 2-day colloquium is for you.


The 2018 Colloquium will feature C.K. Gunsalus, author of The College Administrator’s Survival Guide and The Young Professional’s Survival Guide. Gunsalus is Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics. In addition to her teaching and research, Gunsalus has filled a number of administrative roles at the University of Illinois. She is a widely respected advisor on academic administration, offering insights, analysis, and advice working with institutions around troubled academic units, handling conflicts, dealing with incivility, and coping with difficult people.


Who should attend?

Anyone who is committed to addressing the challenge of abrasive conduct in a thoughtful manner, including (but not limited to): higher education administrators, faculty, human resource professionals, labor representatives, legal counsel, ombudspersons and interested researchers. The focus of our discussions will be on leadership and institutional change.


Registration link coming soon.


PORTFOLIO OF PROMISING PRACTICES submitted by CACHE members in the following areas:


Institutional policies on abrasive conduct.

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About Policies »


To whom should abrasive conduct be reported?

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About Portals »


Who has a duty to respond to reports, and how?

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About Protocols »


Methods to help institutions prevent abrasive conduct.

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About Prevention »