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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Our Stop The Fight Team chose to create a website for our senior capstone project for a specific purpose. We know how difficult it is to be a college freshman. You are in a completely new environment. You may have never lived in such close quarters with a stranger or even a friend. This forces you to constantly interact with your roommate(s). Teaching strategies are also very different then those in high school which can be a frustrating adaption. The newly found independence takes adjustments and in the process, disputes occur. It is important to realize that disputes are inevitable. The key is to deal with them to the best of your ability by using tactics discussed on this site.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is not as complex as it may seem. The main purpose is to provide multiple strategies for handling disputes without using the traditional legal route. Some common ADR strategies are the Getting to Yes method, the Transformative method, and the Restorative justice method. (Click on any of the tabs or links to help you better understand each of these methods.)

Alternative Dispute Resolution programs are lacking on college campuses around the United States. Currently there are only 218 university peer mediation programs in the United States. Few are led by students because of their lack of experience and training in running peer mediation programs. Some common disputes that university peer mediation programs encounter are:
• Roommate disagreements
• Dating issues
• Intercultural misunderstandings
• Student leadership differences
• Property Use and Access

As incoming freshman to NAU, you will encounter many new social and academic relationships. With these new relationships will come conflict and disputes. Other than offering the course, CCJ 480C on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Northern Arizona University does not currently have any university funded peer mediation programs. This website is meant to provide alternatives in handling your disputes throughout your college experience. We are an informative website built to guide freshman in their integration to college life. Check out any of the following links to learn how ADR is utilized in the university setting.

http://www.ted.com/talks/william_ury.html
http://www.mediate.com/articles/makdad.cfm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_dispute_resolution
http://www.conflictgateway.com/