Report of the
role of the Faculty Grievance Commission is outlined in The
Handbook for Faculty and Academic Administrators, II.E.12,
"Faculty Grievance Procedure."
the 2001-2002 term, there were two members of the Faculty Grievance
Commission, which normally consists of three members. Professor
Paul Kleindorfer took on responsibility as Past Chair in order
to act as presiding officer for a grievance hearing. Three faculty
members were randomly selected and agreed to serve as members
of a panel to decide on the merits of the case. The grievance
hearing was completed and a report submitted to the Provost.
Commission is grateful for the hard work put in by the voluntary
addition to the grievance hearing, the Commission heard from a
number of faculty concerning potential grievable matters. In one
instance, the Commission decided not to accept the grievance and
the other matters were resolved with the Commission acting as
the Commission meets with the grievant. If necessary, then the
Commission sets up a separate meeting with relevant University
officials to try and mediate the dispute. In the words of a prior
chair, "An effective process can help preserve the good will,
collegiality, and reputation of the entire University community."
No matter the outcome of the grievance process, the University
Administration learns important information about faculty concerns.
Chair, Faculty Grievance Commission
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002