University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
ACS 15.2 Grievance Procedures (Academic Staff)
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Original Issuance Date: 1988-89
Last Revision Date: December 12, 2019
Next Review Date: December 12, 2024
The purpose of this policy is to update policy language to comply with recent System audit for academic
staff grievance procedures.
2. RESPONSIBLE OFFICER
AVC for Human Resources
This policy applies to the academic staff.
A recent System Audit showed that UWO was missing a key line identifying who will act as the impartial
6. POLICY STATEMENT
ACS 15.2 Grievance Procedures.
A. If the academic staff member is not satisfied with the resolution of the problem after
informal discussion and consultation, they may file a written grievance indicating the results
of the informal discussion and consultation and containing the information required in the
section below identifying the form of grievances.
(1) Grievances shall be filed in writing and shall contain the information identified below. In
addition, grievants should submit documents and information which would support
the grievance. They are encouraged to indicate the names of other persons who may be
able to provide evidence related to the grievance, together with a general description of
the evidence to be provided. All documents submitted in support of a grievance shall
accompany the grievance through all steps of consideration.
a. Description of the specific act which resulted in the grievance, the date(s) upon
which the act(s) took place, and the names of persons involved.
b. A listing of the specific rights of the academic staff member which are alleged to
have been violated, or the nature of the alleged unfair treatment.
c. Evidence to support the grievance. Such evidence may include materials
predatingthe action leading to the grievance.
d. Desired outcome.
(2) If two or more academic staff members have a grievance with identical specifications,
the grievances may be filed jointly.
(3) Grievances must be filed within 60 calendar days of the date when the grievant first
knew or should have known of the action taken which led to the grievance, unless
the time of filing is extended by mutual agreement of the academic staff member
and Chancellor or designee because extenuating circumstances exist as determined
by the Chancellor or designee.
(4) The grievance shall be filed with the appropriate Vice Chancellor [i.e., the Provost and
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (for instructional academic staff appointments)
or the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (for all other academic staff
appointments] (or with the Chancellor if the grievance is against an action of the
Vice Chancellor or equivalent-level position).
(5) Within 14 calendar days after the receipt of the grievance, the individual receiving the
grievance shall initiate an administrative review, including individual meetings with the
grievant and other involved persons, and consideration of all relevant documents. For
professional administrative positions outside the Division of Administrative Services, the
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services shall consult with the Vice Chancellor of the
division(s) in question.
(6) The person conducting the administrative review shall prepare a formal, written
response to each specification of the grievance and shall forward their findingstogether
with copies of all documents considered (or a list of the documents) in the administrative
review to the grievant, to all other interested or involved parties, to the Chancellor or
designee and, for information only, to the President of the Senate of Academic Staff
within 40 calendar days of initiating review, unless the time is extended by the
Chancellor or designee.
B. If the academic staff member is not satisfied with the resolution of the problem after
administrative review, they may file a request for review by an academic staff hearing
(1) This request must be filed with the President of the Senate of Academic Staff within
14 calendar days of receipt of the notification of the results of the administrative review.
(2) Following the procedures outlined in GOV 4.3.C., the president shall convene a
committee which shall review the grievance on the record and determine within 14
calendar days whether a hearing is required. A hearing is necessary only when the
committee believes that there is sufficient evidence to indicate the possibility that
academic staff rights have been violated or that unfair treatment has been received.
(3) If no hearing is called, the hearing committee chairperson shall transmit their report,
via the President of the Senate of Academic Staff, to the grievant, the appropriate Vice
Chancellor [i.e., the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (for instructional
academic staff appointments) or the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (for all
other academic staff appointments], and, for information only, to the Chancellor.
(4) If a hearing is called, procedures outlined under GOV 4.3.C. shall apply. The hearing
shall be completed within 40 calendar days after being called, unless extended by mutual
agreement between the academic staff member and the chairperson of the committee.
(5) At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall transmit its findings and
recommendations, via the President of the Senate of Academic Staff, to the grievant,
appropriate Vice Chancellor [i.e., the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
(for instructional academic staff appointments) or the Vice Chancellor for Administrative
Services (for all other academic staff appointments] and the Chancellor.
(6) The Chancellor or designee shall render a formal, written decision to the grievant and the
individual who conducted the initial administrative review, and, forinformation only, to
the President of the Senate of Academic Staff within 21 calendar days of receipt of the
recommendation from the academic staff hearing committee. The decision shall be final.
Link to ACS 15.2
8. REVISION HISTORY
12/12/2019 Approved by Senate of Academic Staff
1/28/2020 Approved by Chancellor