Mediation is a problem-solving conversation facilitated by a balanced and impartial third person, known as the mediator. The role of the mediator is to help participants identify issues that are important to each of them, communicate their ideas, explore options, reduce misunderstandings, clarify priorities, explore areas of compromise, negotiate differences, and if possible, come to mutually acceptable agreements.
Mediation allows the participants to design customized solutions that are tailored to their specific situations. Mediators listen carefully and respectfully to each participant's concerns. Mediated agreements are generally long-lasting because the participants are vested in the creation of the solutions.
The mediators are students from the St. Louis University School of Law Mediation Clinic who have completed an intensive 40-hour mediation training and who have experience in mediating high conflict disputes in a variety of contexts. They are committed to providing high quality services to students in dispute.
You can initiate your own mediation via the following method:
Bring a printable copy of the form to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards, BSC 313.