Faculty Grievance | Management & Information Systems Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Grievance

Any faculty member who believes that she/he 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.

  1. 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 faculty members will initiate an informal dialogue with all parties involved in a dispute and strive to reach a resolution agreeable to all parties.

    In the case of a negative reappointment, tenure, and/or promotion review, at any stage of the process, the faculty member may appeal the decision. In the case of a negative department recommendation, the appeal is made to the Office of the Dean. In the case of a negative College recommendation, the appeal is made to the Office of the Provost. In the case of a negative University recommendation, the appeal is made to the Office of the President. Complete details of the appeals process are distributed each Fall Semester in the detailed guidelines for promotion and tenure, which are available in the department offices. Candidates for tenure and/or promotion are expected to be familiar with these guidelines. In addition, appeals procedures are fully detailed in the University Policy Register, Section 3342-6-20.1, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Section 2, and the College of Business Administration Handbook.