It is natural that disputes may occasionally arise as we interact with others, despite our best intentions. The University recognizes this and encourages employees to use the free dispute resolution services offered on campus when reasonable agreements cannot be reached by other means.
CEDRS is a free private conflict resolution service that offers mediation and community conferencing to assist University employees with resolving interpersonal disputes and generalized conflict. CEDRS can help with conflicts between individuals, as well as discord involving multiple parties or entire workgroups. CEDRS is voluntary and confidential. CEDRS provides trained neutral persons who facilitate a structured meeting that allows conflicting parties to discuss what has happened, discover how everyone has been affected, explore what needs to be done to make things better, and reach a solution that is comfortable for everyone.
The University Ombuds is an intervention agent and impartial person who helps students, faculty, and staff resolve academic and nonacademic concerns. The Ombuds listens to you and discusses your question or concern, provides information that answers your question or helps you locate someone who can assist you, and explains the University's policies and procedures and how they may affect you.
The University recognizes that in any work situation some disagreements will occur and has established a procedure to assist with resolution of general employment grievances. This grievance procedure is available to all non-bargaining unit employees, including student employees. (Bargaining unit employees have a grievance procedure prescribed by their contract that they must follow.) Emphasis is placed on resolving grievances at the lowest administrative level possible.