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  How Does the Mediation Process Support University Values?

     The nature of the mediation process, itself, and the active assumptions underlying it are closely aligned with the institutional values outlined in the University's Mission Statement on Diversity and Community (excerpted below).
      As a community, we respect the dignity, individuality, and freedom of each member. At the same time, we strive to be a place where individuals and groups learn with and from each other. We aim to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose, along with a collective responsibility for each other's well-being and for the well-being of the University as a whole...
     Although we acknowledge the difficulties inherent in creating a community of individuals who are different from each other, we remain unwavering in our commitment to both diversity and community in a context of academic excellence.


Princeton's Mediation Program

     Peer mediation was adopted at Princeton as an appropriate model for a community of colleagues and peers. The peer mediation model is designed to promote a sense of parity among participants and to suspend the influence of hierarchy during the dispute resolution process. Peer influence is not only appropriate for a collegial environment, but essential in a community where individuals are responsible to and for each other. Peer mediation is an extension of the spirit of community that calls for the creation of new bases of understanding and kinship in a pluralistic and changing world.