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5.6. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR is offered as an alternative to the traditional conduct process. ADR may be available to resolve student-to-student conflicts in many cases where the primary Code violation involves conflicts between the two parties (i.e., roommate and/or relational conflicts). ADR includes a continuum of options for conflict resolution designed to serve the needs of those involved in the conflict.

Neutral, third party mediation conducted by a mediator identified by a University Conduct Officer is one possible ADR option. Additionally, students may have the opportunity to participate in a Restorative Justice Conference. Restorative Justice Conferences involve a discussion between the Respondent and the Reporting Party/reported harmed party facilitated by a RJC facilitator identified by a University Conduct Officer, Student Conduct Administrator, or their designee. An RJC provides a venue for the both parties to dialogue about the harm caused by the misconduct and what is necessary to restore that harm. At the discretion of the designated RJC facilitator, RJCs may include other members of the TCU community capable of sharing the campus community perspective with the parties. Additional ADR options may be available based on the nature of conflict and the needs of those involved.

Participation in ADR requires the approval of the assigned Student Conduct Administrator, OIE, and/or the Title IX Coordinator, or their designee, as appropriate. Both parties must voluntarily agree to participate in good faith for ADR to be a viable option. Either party has the right to end the ADR process at any time and begin the traditional conduct process. Agreements reached through ADR shall be final with no right to appeal. Failure to reach a mutually acceptable resolution or failure to participate in the ADR process in good faith may result in the case being returned to the assigned Student Conduct Administrator for resolution through the traditional conduct process.