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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Grievances

Academic Policies and Procedures

 

Grievances

Date of Current Revision:  December 2014  

Primary Responsible Officer: Provost or designee

 

Grievances

 

Steps in Grievance Process

 

1. Grievant Shall Present Grievance in Writing to the FS Committee on Dispute Resolution and Grievance (FSCDRG). The Committee's function is to provide for prompt and orderly processing of grievances submitted by faculty members of the University of Central Missouri that are based on charges of alleged arbitrary or capricious action, violation, misinterpretation, or inequitable application of policies established by the Board of Governors and/or administration, or that otherwise fail to accord fair and equitable treatment to a member of the faculty.

 

a. FSCDRG shall clarify to the grievant the

 

• Role of the FSCDRG

• Alternative complaint procedures available through Equity Committee

• Formal grievance procedure

• Right of representation by faculty colleague. Seeking legal counsel is an option

• Method of evaluation of grievance data submitted

• Procedure for providing advice to grievant

 

b. Grievant shall have the option to proceed to steps 2, 3, 4, or 5 as appropriate

 

2. Grievant Shall Present Grievance in Writing to his/her Department Chair.

 

a. The department chair shall reply to the grievant in writing within ten working days of receipt of grievance

b. If resolved, process terminates

c. If unresolved, grievant shall have the option to proceed to steps 3, 4, or 5 as appropriate

 

3. Grievant Shall Present Grievance in Writing to His/her Dean.

 

a. The dean shall reply to the grievant in writing within ten working days of receipt of grievance

b. If resolved, process shall terminate

c. If unresolved, grievant shall have the option to proceed to steps 4 or 5 as appropriate

 

4. Grievant Shall Present Grievance in Writing to Provost and Chief Learning Officer.

 

a. Provost and Chief Learning Officer shall reply to the grievant in writing within ten working days of receipt of grievance

b. If resolved, process terminates

c. If unresolved, grievant shall have the option to proceed to step 5

 

5. Grievant Shall Present Grievance and Request for Hearing in Writing to the FSCDRG.

 

a. An arbitration panel shall be formed and hearing process shall be implemented within ten faculty working days upon verification of receipt of grievance by each party.

b. The arbitration panel shall submit a written report consisting of its findings and a recommendation for a resolution of the grievance based on those findings to FSCDRG within 10 faculty working days of the end of the hearing.

c. The FSCDRG shall forward, intact, the arbitration panel's report to the president of the Faculty Senate, who will forward a copy to the grievant and appropriate administrator; FS involvement in grievance process shall then be terminated.

d. A final decision regarding a faculty grievance must be rendered by the appropriate administrator within one calendar month from receipt of the arbitration panel's report.

 

6. Items in Section 5 Should Be Submitted to the Chair of the FS Committee on Dispute Resolution and Grievance.

 

7. Comments.

 

Grievances shall be processed during normal faculty working days without loss of pay to parties involved.

 

All official documents involved in the grievance process shall be recorded and retained by the FS for a period of seven years

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While both parties may seek legal counsel, the presence of such a counsel in step 5-a of the grievance process is prohibited for all parties.

 

Confidentiality of the grievance panel shall be maintained.

 

No discrimination shall obtain to or against any grievant in the presentation or processing of a grievance. Nor shall there be any discrimination with regard to future promotion or any rights that are assured to faculty members.

 

The philosophy of the university is that a grievance procedure is a positive and equitable procedure for solution of problems, and serves not only the faculty member but also the administration of the university.

 

Grievant may request copies of transcripts of tapes of the hearings through written request of legal counsel. If request is granted by the Grievance Committee, both parties must be offered copies of the tapes and bear any cost incurred. No written transcripts of the tapes will be made available.

 

 

Revision History:

Established and archived prior to 1999

Edited by Academic Affairs 2010.

Reviewed by Academic Affairs December 2014.

Edited for web links, formatting and plain language. Approved December 2015.

Previously annotated as III.J Grievances. Renamed Grievances for alphabetical listing, grammar and spell check, and transitioned into policy library April 2017