Grievance Procedures for Administrators
Problems involving employer-employee relations will arise from time to time. It is in the best interest of both the College and the administrator to resolve these matters as quickly and as close to the source as possible.
Stated below is the review process for administrators to follow to resolve issues relating to the administrator's job. It is intended to provide additional guidance for the administrator, but it should not circumvent the typical informal means of resolving disputes that are available in each department. The review process should not be read as establishing a formal step-by-step process with prerequisites; rather, the administrator may avail himself/herself of any of the steps recommended in whatever order desired with the understanding that the administrator may be asked to discuss the issue with a supervisor closer to the situation. Time is generally of the essence in these matters. Administrators and supervisors should strive to deal promptly with issues. No administrator may be subject to retaliation for use of the Problem Resolution Process in good faith.
B. Review Process
The usual method for addressing such problems is to bring them to the attention of the administrator's supervisor and to attempt to resolve the matter by discussing it.
If the matter is not resolved to the administrator's satisfaction, the administrator may proceed to the supervisor's supervisor. In some cases, the administrator may be asked by the supervisor's supervisor to present the problem in writing with all relevant details and the remedy or corrective action sought.
If the administrator is not satisfied with the response from the supervisor(s), the administrator may take the problem to the Director of Human Resources who will attempt to facilitate a mutually satisfactory agreement.
If the responses from the relevant supervisor(s) and the Director of Human Resources are not satisfactory, the administrator may take the matter to the vice president of the respective area, who will provide a decision that will be final and binding on all parties.
C. Additional Matters
This section does not apply to issues involving harassment, including sexual and racial harassment, which are covered by separate policies.
If an administrator's immediate supervisor is a vice president, the higher level of review will be performed by the President.
In cases involving separation from the College, the administrator's use of the review process does not postpone the scheduled date for separation.