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20.9  Grievance Policy

(Approved by Board of Trustees, 2/8/02, and by SIT Faculty 2/27/02)20.9.1 Definition

A grievance is a complaint in writing to the Faculty Council concerning a decision made by a person or group of persons acting in an official Institute capacity that is perceived to directly and adversely affect the grievant in his/her professional or academic capacity. This policy describes internal Institute procedures and does not preclude other legal options outside of Stevens.

20.9.2 Coverage

A grievance may be filed through the grievance appeal process by any member of the regular faculty, affiliate instructor, or other full-time faculty defined in Section 8 of the Faculty Handbook.

20.9.3 Grounds

Grounds for a grievance shall include, but are not necessarily limited to:

1. a violation or misapplication of written rules, regulations, or established practices governing the Institute and its units

2. improper, arbitrary, or capricious actions of the Institute or one or more of its agents

3. violation of the Institute's policy on academic freedom4. discrimination on the basis of the individual's political or social views, race, ethnic origin, gender, religion, age, or sexual preference.

20.9.4 Conflicts of Interest

Individuals, whether members of the faculty or administration (excepting the President of Stevens), who are part of the grievance process and who have a conflict of interest, must recuse themselves from the Grievance Process as described below, and be replaced by suitable designees chosen by the Faculty Council (for faculty), or by the Deans Council (for administration).

20.9.5 Grievance Process

Grievances must be submitted in writing to the Faculty Council, with copies to grievant's department director and dean, within ten business days of the incident or administrative action (or lack of action). If the grievable issue is not known to the grievant at the time of occurrence, then the grievant has ten business days from the time of discovery to file a grievance.

Within ten business days of the grievance filing, the respondent (object of the grievance) must provide a written response to the grievant, the Faculty Council, and his/her direct report (a department director, dean, etc.). If the grievant is dissatisfied with the response, then, within ten business days of receiving the response, the grievant shall appeal in writing to the Faculty Council with copies to all appropriate parties ( respondent, department director, dean).

The Faculty Council will review the grievance and the written response. Within ten business days of receiving the appeal, the Faculty Council will respond to all parties indicating its decision either to close the matter, after having found no basis upon which to carry the issue forward, or to convene a review panel within ten business days.

The review panel shall be composed of two members of the Faculty Council, a department director and school dean not parties to the grievance, and an independent arbitrator acceptable to the four panel members. The review panel has the authority to call witnesses. Within ten business days of completing its deliberations, the review panel will make recommendations to resolve the grievance. If either the grievant or the respondent (object of grievance) is dissatisfied with the panel's recommendation, or the response of the other to the recommendation, then either party may appeal to the President within ten business days of the panel's response.

The President, after convening a hearing attended by the grievant, the respondent, (object of grievance), and one of the Faculty Council on the review panel (designated by the Faculty Council), shall, within ten business days of the hearing, respond to both parties to the grievance in writing, with copies to the Faculty Council, and the appropriate dean and department director detailing his/her decision. The President's action at the conclusion of these procedures is final.