How Does the Mediation Process Support
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).
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.
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