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Introduction The college expects that every effort will be made on the part of both parties to reach an amicable and rational solution to issues prior to entering the dispute resolution process. This process should be used only as a last resort.
These faculty dispute resolution procedures govern the resolution of disputes other than suspensions, dismissals, terminations and/or expiration of contracts. They will apply to disputes/decisions affecting such matters as class assignments, class operation and management, or any other determination made by the supervisor to which the faculty member disagrees.
Dispute Resolution Procedures
Initiation of Appeal - If a faculty member wishes to appeal a decision by his/her supervisor, the faculty member must submit an initiation of appeal, signed and in writing, to his/her supervisor and the director of human resources within the 15 working days of the faculty member being notified of a supervisor's decision. If requested by the faculty member, the supervisor will provide the decision in written form.
Choice of Appeal - Within five days of the receipt of the initiation of appeal, the faculty member may request, signed and in writing from the director of human resources that a Dispute Resolution Committee be convened. If no signed, written request is received by the director of human resources within five days of the initiation of appeal, then the appeal will go directly to the appropriate vice president.
Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting
Dispute Resolution Committees' Report - After consideration of all documentary evidence and testimony, the committee shall prepare a report containing findings of fact and recommendations for the resolution of the dispute.
Supervisor's Action on Committee Recommendations - The supervisor will, within 15 working days from receipt of the dispute resolution committee report, inform the faculty member and the committee in writing of what actions if any will be taken in response to the committee's recommendations.
Faculty Member's Right of Appeal - If the faculty member disagrees with the supervisor's decision he/she shall forward to the appropriate vice president within 15 working days a signed, written request of appeal to the vice president along with a copy of the dispute resolution committee's recommendations and supporting materials.
Vice President's Review - The appropriate vice president shall review the appeal within 15 working days and shall either affirm, reject, or modify the decision of the supervisor. Both the supervisor and the faculty member shall be informed in writing of the vice president's decision. If the vice president modifies or rejects the supervisor's decision, he/she will communicate the reasons in writing to the supervisor and complainant.
This procedure will not apply to disputes in which it is alleged that an individual's constitutional rights have been violated.Effective Date: 9/8/2006