View Bill 20-21-06

Senate Bill 20-21-06

Bill ID: 20-21-06
Name: Proposal to Review the Administration of the Adjudication Process for the Faculty Grievance Policy
Proposed: 08/12/2020
Sponsor: Pamela Lanford, Past Senate Chair, Director of Animal Research Support, & IACUC Administrator
Proposal: The University Of Maryland Policies And Procedures Governing Faculty Grievances (II-4.00[A]) describes the process by which faculty members may grieve actions or inactions that are “Unfair,” ”Discriminatory,” or ”Improperly Reached.” This process is intended to provide a mechanism through which faculty may seek resolution of conflicts “between the University, as an employer, and its faculty.” The policy stipulates that the grievance process be carried out via a Hearing Board comprised of Faculty Senators (T/TT and PTK) appointed by the Chair-Elect of the Senate, and that the Executive Secretary and Director of the Senate (“Director”) serves as the Coordinator of the Hearing Board. Specifically, the Director is responsible for record-keeping, initial notifications, scheduling of Hearing Board sessions and witnesses, and final notifications upon decision by the board.

This proposal seeks to alter the administrative procedures of the Adjudication phase of the policy; specifically, it seeks to place responsibility for administering the Hearing Board process at the level of the University, rather than with the Director of the Senate and/or the Senate Office. This proposal does not seek to alter the composition of the Hearing Board (T/TT and PTK Faculty Senators) or the role of the Chair-Elect in appointing the Board.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 03/05/2021


Presidential Approval: 03/05/2021
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/24/2021
Decision Date: 03/03/2021
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 02/17/2021
Decision Date: 02/23/2021
Decision: The SEC voted to place the report on the agenda of the March 3, 2021 Senate meeting for consideration.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Faculty Affairs Committee
Received: 09/17/2020
Decision Date: 02/19/2021
Decision Due By: 02/05/2021
Decision: The Faculty Affairs Committee voted to forward its recommendations to the SEC for consideration.
Actions: The Faculty Affairs Committee began its review at its meeting on September 18, 2020 as it received the charge. On October 1, 2020, it met with the proposer and with the Senate Director. The committee conducted peer institution research, reviewed adjudication processes in similar UMD processes, and consulted with administrators throughout the course of its charge. The committee developed revisions to the policy which would allow for flexibility for the Senate Director to designate the adjudication process to another party while still keeping the process in the Senate. The committee also developed recommendations associated with developing a pool of designees which avoids any potential conflict of interest, and ensuring proper training. The Faculty Affairs Committee voted to approve the policy and recommendations in an email vote concluding on February 19, 2021.
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 08/13/2020
Decision Date: 08/19/2020
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Faculty Affairs Committee with review of the proposal.
Next Step: Faculty Affairs Committee Review
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