Scope and procedures of the Grievance Committee of Faculty United

The Grievance Committee of Faculty United exists to help address grievances of faculty with the University.  Specifically, the Committee considers grievances resulting from the failure of the University to follow its own accepted and established processes, as well as failures resulting from the absence of processes and communication.  Clearly formulated and properly communicated policies and procedures would reduce the number of disputes that may arise, and is likely to facilitate their resolution when they do arise.  By focusing on policies and procedures, the Grievance Committee aims to serve the interests of both faculty and the University.  Grievances between individuals, whether between students, faculty, staff, or administrators, are outside its scope. The Committee will honor confidentiality of all persons and documents.

The Grievance Committee’s scope is limited to faculty members of Faculty United.

A grievance is to be brought to the Grievance Committee as a written brief that outlines the nature and history of the events underlying the grievance within a reasonable period of time since their emergence.

Upon receiving a brief, the Committee reviews it to find applicable University policies, procedures, rules, and regulations that are written, codified, or established by law or practice, and decides whether it is within its scope and if there is a case that merits its advice.

The Committee may call upon the faculty member bringing a grievance for explanation and documentation.

The Committee will not represent the faculty member in communications or negotiate with the University on the faculty member’s behalf without the prior consent of the faculty member.

The Committee may request information from the University as part of its investigations as to facts, policies, practices, history, or the absence of such.

After studying a case, the Committee will summarize the case and issue its advice to the faculty member. It may also issue advice to the University.

In certain cases, the Committee will be willing to mediate between the faculty member and the University.