Faculty Grievance and Appeal Procedures
Disputes should be resolved informally, within the Department, whenever possible, and they should be taken up with the Chair at the earliest opportunity. This handbook incorporates the Grievance and Arbitration procedures of the University, given in the CBA.
a. Informal Procedure
Any faculty member who believes that he/she may have a grievance is strongly encouraged, before initiating a formal grievance or appeal, to talk with the Chair about any issue(s) of concern. The Chair may seek the advice and recommendation of individual faculty members or the Faculty Advisory Committee in seeking informal resolution of a dispute or complaint.
b. Formal Procedure
Formal procedures for addressing grievances affecting the terms and conditions of employment of faculty are described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. Disputes involving substantive academic judgments are subject to a separate academic appeals process governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Faculty grievances that are not directly related to the terms or conditions of employment and are not academic appeals are appropriately addressed within the Department, whenever possible. The Chair and/or other faculty members will initiate an informal dialogue with all parties involved in a dispute and strive to reach a resolution agreeable to all parties.