Alternative Dispute Resolution
Any dispute or controversy such as, team forum participation, turning in assignments on time, group attendance, and disagreements with team members that may arise out of a learning team shall be settled exclusively by mediation and or peer review. The mediation shall be conducted in person or over the phone by a neutral mediator who will listen to each individual explain its position. The mediator for the learning team will be a member of the team not involved with the issues at hand. If all team members are involved, the course instructor will be the attending mediator. This person will help the individuals talk through their differences and will work to have both parties come to an agreeable solution. The mediator is there to listen and assure things stay in order, but does not issue any decisions or opinions they may have. The role of the mediator is to try to get the two parities to agree on a solution that they come up with on their own. If the two parties can not agree to a solution peer review is conducted by the other individuals on the team. This group of individuals may decide to take testimonies and review documentations in order to make a decisions based on what they believe is fair and appropriate for the team. The decision shall be final and binding on each of the parties.
In the event that a team member drops the course the assignment will be divided in an equitable manner within the remaining team members. The work shall be completed by the team as a TEAM at any cost in order to be turned in by the specified due date.