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          24:05:30:09.01.  Mediator -- Qualified and impartial. The mediation process shall be conducted by a qualified and impartial mediator who is trained in effective mediation techniques. The department shall maintain a list of individuals who are qualified mediators and knowledgeable in laws and regulations relating to the provision of special education and related services. Mediators shall be selected on a random, rotational, or other impartial basis. An individual who serves as a mediator:


          (1)  May not be an employee of:


               (a)  Any school district or state agency that is involved in the education or care of the child; or

               (b)  The department, if the department is providing direct services to a child who is the subject of the mediation process; and


          (2)  May not have a personal or professional interest that conflicts with the person's objectivity.


          A person who otherwise qualifies as a mediator is not an employee of a district or state agency solely because the person is paid by the department to serve as a mediator.


          Source: 26 SDR 150, effective May 22, 2000; 33 SDR 236, effective July 5, 2007.

          General Authority: SDCL 13-37-1.1.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 13-37-1.1.


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