note: the procedures of the Grievance Committee are part of the Faculty Senate by-laws, not part of the Faculty Handbook policies. The basic description of the committee is appropriate in the Handbook, but not its process. Since this is an incorrect duplication of process, it should be removed from the Handbook and remain only in the by-laws.

 

from the Faculty Handbook (current)

Grievance Committee (with corrections)

Charge:

To hear and make appropriate recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding complaints of individuals or of groups of faculty members concerning specific application of University policies, practices, standards, and decisions (e.g., academic freedom, tenure, and due process); to report grievances to the Faculty Senate when it believes a grievance has broader relevance to the faculty; and to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints or charges of actions implying malfeasance, moral turpitude, or incompetence that are believed to be damaging to the personal and professional reputation of a faculty member or administrative official.

 

Membership:

One faculty member from each of the colleges and from Kent Library.

 

Updated August 15, 1997

Add: Updated January 10, 2005

 

 

From the Faculty Senate by-laws (current)

7.612  Grievance Committee--the membership of the Grievance Committee shall consist of one faculty member from each of the colleges, schools, and Kent Library.  The Grievance Committee is charged:   to hear and make appropriate recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding complaints of individuals or of groups of faculty members concerning specific application of University policies, practices, standards, and decisions (e.g., academic freedom, tenure, and due process); to report grievances to the Faculty Senate when it believes a grievance has broader relevance to the faculty; to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints or charges of actions implying malfeasance, moral turpitude, or incompetence that are believed to be damaging to the personal and professional reputation of a faculty member or administrative official. 

 

Resolved change in by-laws to retain privacy in personnel issues (text to be inserted in place of above text)

 

7.612  Grievance Committee—the membership of the Grievance Committee shall consist of one faculty member from each of the colleges, schools, and Kent Library.  The Grievance Committee is charged:  to hear and make appropriate recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding complaints of individuals or of groups of faculty members concerning specific application of University policies, practices, standards, and decisions (e.g., academic freedom, tenure, and due process); to report issues to the Faculty Senate when it believes a grievance has made the issue of broader relevance to the faculty; to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints or charges of actions implying malfeasance, moral turpitude, or incompetence that are believed to be damaging to the personal and professional reputation of a faculty member or administrative official; to prepare a written report to be forwarded to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, which within 20 business days shall frame the recommendation of the Grievance Committee to be communicated to the appropriate decision maker(s) or decision-making body(ies) for timely action.