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8.2.4 Appeal Procedure

Last updated on:
Friday, September 1, 2017
Formerly Known As Policy Number: 
8.2.D

A. A grievant who is dissatisfied with the disposition of the grievance by the administrative officer with whom the grievance was filed may appeal the decision in order to each of the higher administrative officers within the Administrative Structure as follows:

1. For a grievance filed with and decided by the dean, a grievant may appeal the decision in writing to the Provost. The Provost will follow the procedure for appeals set forth in Sections IV(D) and (E) and V below.

2. For a grievance (or an appeal) filed with and decided by the Provost, a grievant may appeal the decision in writing to the President. The President will follow the procedure for appeals set forth in Sections IV(D) and (E) and V below.

3. No appeal shall be available for a grievance (or an appeal) filed with the President. (See Section III(A)(4) above.)

B. The determination by any administrative officer of any grievance appealed to him or her shall be appealable by the grievant to the next higher administrative officer within the Administrative Structure, except that the determination of the President shall be final.

C. An appeal shall be made in writing and shall contain the following information:

1. a statement of the decision that constitutes the subject matter of the grievance and all ground(s) on which it is being challenged;

2. the names and positions of all administrative officers with whom the grievance has been filed or appealed and a copy of thedetermination made by each of those administrative officers.

D. Each administrative officer within the Administrative Structure who considers a grievance appealed to him or her shall make a determination on the matter and shall inform the grievant in writing of the determination.

E. The administrative officer may attempt to resolve the matter informally, or refer the appeal, or any issue thereof, to any person(s) who shall consider the matter and report to the administrative officer as the latter directs. The administrative officer may also, in appropriate cases, remand the matter to a lower administrative level (including to the original decision maker) for further consideration.

F. In considering a grievance that arises out of a negative decision on appointment, reappointment, or promotion, an administrative officer may consult with the same body, if any, that makes recommendations on decisions involving appointment, reappointment, or promotion.