Appendix A
Faculty Grievance Committee (FGC) Report to Faculty Council: 3/24/08
Chairman Alan Friedman

The FGC is still working with the administration to complete revisions to HOP 4.03, “Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures,” bringing them into line with those for faculty (HOP 3.18) that were approved earlier this year. One (very messy) grievance case went to a hearing; we are awaiting the President’s response to the hearing panels’ recommendations; in fact, some difference in understanding of when the President is obliged to respond has arisen, and we are meeting after the Council adjourns to try to resolve this difference. I received complaints from three senior faculty members concerning the management of their departments and their own treatment (one of which went through formal consideration by a three-person FGC subcommittee). I met with a department chair, who was upset about a faculty member’s denial of promotion and tenure at the presidential level (in that case, and two others that I know of, the decision not to promote was reversed on appeal, which indicates that the new procedures we put in place a couple of years ago are working well).

We’ve had a relatively small number of complaints and grievances compared to those I received last time I chaired this committee (about 10 years ago), largely thanks to the fabulous mediation skills of Stan Roux, our first Ombudsperson. Many faculty, and no one more than me, owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Unfortunately, Stan has decided that this year is his last. The Ombudsperson Search Committee, which I chair as an entailment of being chair of the FGC, has just submitted to the provost our recommendation for Stan’s successor.

We elected Susan Heinzelman to serve as vice chair and chair elect of the FGC.