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This activity addresses module outcome 5. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • MO5: Examine the complexities involved for the in-house mediation coordinator in human resource departments. (CO1, 4)

In a private mediation session, several confidentiality issues may arise. The regulation of activities, such as preserving the privacy of employee medical records or employee disciplinary actions will have a direct impact on the quality of the mediation process.

For this discussion, please refer to the following scenario: Involving the destruction of private property, the complainant has brought this matter to their human resources department for mediation. The respondent is accused of laptop damaged by water in the workplace.

In your initial post, please respond to the following questions:

  • Could the complainant ask during the mediation for the employee discipline record of the respondent? Why or why not?
  • What if the mediator in this situation knows of the offending employee’s disciplinary record, would that disqualify the mediator from continuing? Explain your answer.

Post your primary response by Friday, 11:59 pm EST. Read any postings already provided by your instructor or fellow students. Read and provide a substantive response to the conclusions drawn by at least two of your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm EST. Remember to read the feedback to your own major postings and reply to it throughout the module.

As you will see in the rubric, to maximize your points on the discussions, you should make sure you adhere to the following:

  • Consistently synthesize and tie in specific, relevant information and examples from course materials, and from own experiences or current events, to support ideas.
  • Frequently make comments that build on what has already been said and extends the discussion, moving it forward. Encourage a deeper analysis of content by asking meaningful, relevant questions about postings.
  • Posts are well-organized, clearly, and concisely written. The posts are easy to read and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources, if applicable, are present and cited correctly. Posts are courteous and respectful of other viewpoints.
  • Posts are made on three separate days throughout the module; AND Number of posts meets or exceeds the number of required posts.
  • Makes first substantial and meaningful contribution to academic discussion and posts responses by due dates at 11:59pm.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”  This is a “post first” discussion forum, which means you must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the SPS Default Discussion Rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 50% of your final course grade.