Mediation Frequently Asked Questions

What is mediation?

Mediation is voluntary and confidential. Mediation offers people the chance to work with each other. It helps people talk and work hard on the problem without being hard on the people involved. The focus is on working together to find a solution that everyone can live with.

Who is a mediator?

A mediator is an open-minded, third party who does not take sides. A mediator helps the parties communicate, identify issues, discuss and understand different points of view, think of options and find a solution that is agreeable to all parties. The mediator does not make a decision for the parties like a judge. A mediator will not give legal, financial or professional advice. The trained professional mediators in this program are familiar with laws and policies affecting the cases involved.

The mediator is a trained professional who facilitates a difficult, confidential discussion between the people involved on both sides of a conflict, helping them to listen to one another and be open with one another. The mediator has no authority to make decisions for the parties involved.

What is the cost to participants?

There is no cost to participants within this program for the mediation itself.

How does the program work?

Mediation is voluntary. It may be suggested by judges, attorneys, or by self referral.

Are mediations confidential?

Yes. Only the parties involved in the meetings will know what was said and may not share what was said outside the group. Discussion cannot be used in any future hearing or court proceedings. However, information that was available before the mediation or that may be obtained from another source is not confidential. All participants will be given a copy of the written agreement, and a copy will be placed in the student’s file.