Issues sometimes escalate mediation can be a helpful step towards resolution. Below are a couple of resources available to assist in the process.
Michigan State University Faculty Grievance & Dispute Resolution Office
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that involves two (or more) parties engaged in structured joint-problem solving meeting(s) to seek resolutions to issues of concern. Through facilitated discussions, the participants identify possible solutions to issues they have agreed to address that impact their professional responsibilities. Advantages of mediation include its efficiency in having a neutral third party assist in identifying core issues, and cost-effectiveness. Parties involved in mediation participate voluntarily. All mediation sessions are confidential.
Whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff, the Office of the University Ombudsperson offers a confidential place to discuss both academic and nonacademic concerns including, administrative issues, workplace issues, or any concern that may relate to Michigan State University students. We also interpret and explain university policies and procedures. Here, you can speak freely because the Office of the University Ombudsperson offers an environment where you can talk with a confidential and impartial resource about a complaint, conflict or problem. We are not part of any formal University process. We do not take sides in disputes. We operate independently of the University.