Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Regular and effective communication between supervisors and staff members reduces the likelihood of misunderstandings and conflict in the workplace. The University expects and encourages supervisors and staff members to communicate openly and regularly so that the interests of both the staff and the University are best served.

In addition, the University has alternative dispute resources such as Employee Relations, University Ombuds, Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center and the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management's office of Employment Dispute Resolution that will assist staff members in resolving issues or concerns. Staff members who have concerns about the administrative of University or departmental policy are encouraged to try to resolve them by working with a supervisor, department head, or by reaching out to one of the resources.

The following entities provide University Employees with a broad range of workplace dispute resolution tools that help manage workplace conflict consistent with the University human resource policies and related laws: 

Employee Relations

University Ombuds

Faculty & Employee Assistance Program (FEAP)

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center

Virginia Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) Office of Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR)