Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a method in which two parties who are disagreeing can reach a mutually agreeable resolution without going into litigation (i.e., going to court). There are three main methods of ADR: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
NDSU Policy 350.5 sets forth the requirements for mediation, when needed. This policy defines mediation as "...a process in which a mediator facilitates communication between parties to assist the parties in reaching voluntary decisions related to their dispute."
With this in mind, the Office of the General Counsel has developed and implemented an Alternative Dispute Resolution program at NDSU, where departments or individuals can access a roster of neutral mediators from a the ND and MN neutrals listing.