Many clients, particularly students with grievances against their schools, have found mediation to be an effective and inexpensive method of resolving their disputes. Mediation avoids the financial cost and emotion toil exacted by a protracted legal battle. I have participated in mediations where a resolution was worked out after years of complaints, counter-complaints, discovery and courtroom appearances. A major feature of mediation is that it often leaves the parties on speaking terms, if not good terms. This is important for students who are midway through an academic career and rely on their college or university for additional courses or references for graduate or professional school. In theory, any type of dispute can be resolved by mediation. We believe it should be a solution explored, particularly for student complaints surrounding program content, discontent with teaching or grading, disputes with an MA or Ph.D. committee, disciplinary action by a school, or issues surrounding fees or scholarships. Many contentious issues that arise for faculty or staff can also be mediated, such as complaints over teaching, program downsizing, department reorganization, salary, promotion and tenure, and layoffs during financial exegencies. We have two trained mediators on our staff who are familiar with higher education problems, and we would be pleased to assit you.
Mediation May Solve A Dispute More Quickly and Cheaply
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