Informal Procedure

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.