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 faculty advisory groups in seeking informal resolution of a dispute or complaint.
Faculty Grievance and Appeal Procedure
The Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article IV, specifies the necessary procedures for a member of the University Faculty to file a grievance or an appeal. Appeals of academic decisions (e.g., reappointment, tenure, or promotion) follow the normal governance line of College, Dean, Provost and Academic Vice President before a contractual grievance may be filed. Faculty members, accompanied if necessary by the Department's representative to the KSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, should confer with the Department Chairperson if they feel they are being treated unfairly.
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 faculty members will initiate an informal dialogue with all parties involved in a dispute and strive to reach a resolution agreeable to all parties.