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A way of resolving disputes in which an impartial mediator assists two or more parties involved in a conflict or dispute to reach an agreement. Unlike arbitration, the parties rather than the mediator, decide the terms of the settlement. As this definition makes clear, the purpose and focus of mediation is the resolution of a dispute or conflict. Whether an agreement is reached or not, and whatever the content of that agreement, the parties themselves determine the outcome rather than accepting something imposed by a third party.

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Voluntary and Confidential

Restorative practices are typically voluntary and the information shared during a process usually is held in confidence. There may be exceptions to confidentiality if the information is determined to be a future threat to self or others. Each participant usually has the right, at any point, to suspend the process and remove themselves from the process. The facilitator also often holds the right to suspend the process if they feel it is not safe or healthy for any of the stakeholders involved.

Contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) at (540) 568-6218, for more information.

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