Faculty grievances that are not directly related to the terms or conditions of employment and are not academic appeals are appropriately addressed within the School, whenever possible. The School highly values direct communication using the principles and processes of constructive conflict management. Any faculty member who has concerns or a grievance is strongly encouraged, before initiating a formal grievance or appeal, to talk with the principals involved and/or the Director about their concerns. The Director may seek the advice and recommendation of individual faculty members or a faculty advisory group in seeking informal resolution of a dispute or complaint. The Director and/or faculty members will initiate an informal dialogue with the parties involved in a dispute and strive to reach a resolution agreeable to all parties. If this dialogue does not produce a satisfactory resolution, parties may seek assistance from an impartial third party as needed to assist in resolving their issues.
The School of Peace and Conflict Studies acknowledges and endorses the ideal expressed in the TT CBA that “all disputes should be resolved informally, whenever possible, before the filing of a formal grievance” and likewise encourages “open communications so that resort to the formal grievance procedure will not be necessary” (Article VII, Section 1. C. 1.). Similarly, the School endorses related commitments in the NTT CBA: “The University and the Association share a mutual commitment to open communication and efforts to resolve issues of concern or disputes in a timely way and through informal means wherever practicable” (Article VII, Section 1)
Grievances related to employment with the university concerning the interpretations and application of provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement follow the procedures of the applicable CBA. (TT CBA Article VII; NTT CBA Article VII)
University Policies on Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment as detailed in the TT Collective Bargaining Agreement, and Article VII, Section 2 of the TT CBA, specify the necessary procedures for appealing decisions involving a substantive academic judgment. These include decisions concerning reappointment, tenure, promotion, academic freedom, professional ethics, or sanctions for cause. Formal procedures for addressing such grievances are described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.