Faculty Grievance and Appeal | School of Information Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Grievance and Appeal

Policy and Procedures

 

Scope of grievance within the TT CBA: “A grievance is a claim based upon an event or condition that affects the terms and conditions of employment stated in and governed by this Agreement and that arises from the interpretation, meaning, or application of any of the provisions of the Agreement.” -- TT CBA, Article VII.

 

Two processes are defined in the TT CBA, information and formal. The established policies and procedures regarding faculty grievances and appeals are given in full in Article VII of the CBA. Any grievance, informal or formal must follow the stated policies and procedures.

 

It is SLIS policy that whenever possible, grievances be resolved within the School, whenever possible. It should be noted that an attempt at informal resolution, through consultation of the faculty member or members with the SLIS Director, should take place before the filing of a formal grievance.

 

Any settlement, withdrawal, or other disposition of a grievance at the informal stage shall not constitute a binding precedent in the settlement of similar complaints. Should the issue remain unresolved at the School level, a formal grievance shall be initiated by serving a written notice of the grievance to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs or his/her designated representative..

 

Complaints about matters other than those of a contractual nature should be resolved within the School. Faculty members who feel they are being treated unfairly should consult with the SLIS Director and/or the College Dean, as is appropriate for the particular case.