Alternative Dispute Resolution

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.” - Dalai Lama

The University of Virginia understands that conflict is a normal part of human interaction. Even with the best intentions, people may find they have trouble dealing satisfactorily with interpersonal conflict at work. Over time, unresolved conflict can negatively affect working relationships and the work environment. The University is offering Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to help Faculty and Staff find constructive ways to deal with conflict in order to maintain a positive, healthy work culture.

ADR exists to offer employees and supervisors pre-grievance alternate dispute resolution options and encourage dialogue between concerned parties before starting the Classified or University Staff grievance process.

The ADR program strongly encourages employees to use this service: prior to filing a grievance when facing a proposed disciplinary and/or performance-based action, or during a disciplinary and/or performance-based action appeal. Employees and managers are expected to participate in ADR in good faith.

If you would like to speak confidentially with a professional about your concern or to find out more information about ADR services, you can call 434.924.4417 or request a consultation.

To find out more information about ADR and the services provided, please click on the following links.