Mediation Overview

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What is Mediation?

  • Mediation is a process guided by a neutral, impartial professional
  • Mediation is voluntary and confidential
  • Mediation promotes communication and joint problem solving
  • Mediation provides an opportunity to reach a voluntary bilateral agreement

What are the Goals and Why Mediation?

  • The aim of mediation is to complete a written agreement between the parties
  • Mediation preserves the relationship of the parties
  • Mediation builds trust and rapport
  • Mediation fosters understanding and appreciation of differences
  • Mediation promotes productive collaboration
  • Mediation teaches negotiation skills that can be used in the future

How does Mediation Begin?

  • Initial consultation with the Faculty Grievance Official regarding suitability of mediation with respect to the nature of the conflict
  • Write a formal request for mediation detailing the circumstances (see Mediation Policy Section V.a.ii for details)
  • Conduct individual interviews with the mediator to explain their viewpoints and then move to group mediation

What Happens in Mediation?

  • Each party has an opportunity to describe the situation from their own perspective
  • The mediator helps parties to identify issues, explore potential options and select sustainable solutions
  • The mediator has no authority to impose a decision and parties maintain control over the ultimate outcome