Student Mediation Program : Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the mediators? Our mediators are law students with extensive training in the alternative dispute resolution program at the Moritz College of Law. The mediators are unable to provide legal advice and will not act as an advocate for any party to the dispute.
What does a mediator do? A mediator facilitates discussion and communication. A mediator helps the parties see each other’s views, deals with differences in perceptions, and encourages realistic settlement.
How long does mediation take? Sessions typically last from 1.5 to 2 hours.
Is mediation confidential? One of the benefits of mediation is the high degree of confidentiality. The mediator will not voluntarily disclose what the parties say during the mediation process. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality including: threats, plans, or communications related to serious criminal activities; behavior that endangers self or others; elder and child abuse/neglect; unethical behavior by an attorney; or required by a court or by law.
What role does mediation play in the student disciplinary process? Information will not be used in the student disciplinary process and is confidential, unless it relates to one of the following: threats, plans, or communications related to serious criminal activities; behavior that endangers self or others; elder and child abuse/neglect; unethical behavior by an attorney; or required by a court or by law. Student Conduct will follow up after the mediation process in order to assess the mediation program.
Why should I give mediation a try? Mediation is an option for resolving disputes without the expenses involved in litigation. The process explores many choices for resolving conflict and helps to preserve relationships. Parties often take ownership over the agreement which results in high compliance.