|Proposal: ||The University of Maryland Policies and Procedures Governing Faculty Grievances (II-4.00[A]) is intended to provide an avenue for considering and resolving issues that arise between faculty and administrators in the course of their work. These typically involve inter-personal problems or employment-related disagreements. The Policy provides informal mechanisms for resolving grievances through mediation, and a formal mechanism through a peer review process involving the Senate. |
Faculty members frequently turn to the grievance process to appeal any decision with which they disagree, but the process was not intended to allow for a second review of issues that have been investigated and resolved through another existing process at the University. The University has defined processes for issues related to scholarly misconduct, sexual misconduct, non-discrimination, promotion and tenure, and fiscal irregularities, to name a few. Many of these policies and procedures incorporate an appeals process. When a finding has been reached through these processes and disciplinary action has been determined, it is inappropriate for the faculty member to seek a second review of either the finding or the disciplinary action through the grievance process. Decisions and actions reached as a result of an existing process at the University must be understood to be final, and bringing those issues to a grievance process undermines the authority and the confidentiality of the original process.