Policy Number: E14.0

Policy Name: APPEAL COMMITTEE ON FACULTY SALARIES

1. Purpose

The purpose of the committee is to conduct informal reviews of annual salary adjustments of individual faculty members upon their request and consistent with other provisions of this policy statement.

2. Committee Composition

The committee shall be comprised of the following: two faculty members (one from the college of the aggrieved faculty member and one from outside the college), one academic dean and one department chair. The academic dean and the department chair shall also be from outside the college.

3. Appointment of Members

At the first college faculty meeting after April 11, 1984, each college shall elect a faculty member to serve continuously until such time as a written resignation is submitted by the faculty member to the dean of the college and the provost. Those elected will usually be expected to serve at least three years. The deans shall advise the provost of the faculty members elected from their respective colleges and of any changes that may occur.

Once an appeal is received, only a clear physical inability to serve should be accepted as reason for resignation from those serving on the appeal committee until the appeal is resolved.

a. The chair of the Academic Senate will select one faculty member from the list of elected faculty representing the colleges other than the college to be aggrieved.

b. The provost will appoint one academic dean to sit on the committee and one department chair; both from outside the college.

c. The committee will be re-formed for each request for an informal review.

4. Appeal Procedure

To take advantage of this policy, the faculty member should first pursue the following steps:

a. Attempt to resolve the issue by meeting and reviewing the problem with immediate supervisor.

b. Should (a) prove unsatisfactory, meet and attempt a resolution with the director of the school.

c. Should the problem remain unresolved, attempt resolution through the dean of the college.

d. If attempts to resolve differences within a college are unsuccessful, the faculty member may:

(1) Carry an appeal directly to the provost. As an alternative, the faculty member may

(2) Make appeal directly to the Appeal Committee on Faculty Salaries. In this circumstance, the individual should advise the provost of a desire to appeal to the committee. The provost will then convene the committee.

5. Appeal Committee Procedure

a. The committee will elect its own chair from the membership.

b. The committee will conduct its meetings informally and attempt to ascertain whether the individual has been fairly treated. The individual is expected to present substantiating evidence pertinent to the appeal.

c. The committee will interview such persons as it deems necessary.

d. Professional lawyers will not be permitted to take part in committee hearings as representatives of any party.

e. The committee will submit its findings and recommendations to the provost.

f. The provost will review the findings and recommendations of the committee, make a decision and notify the committee, the faculty member's dean, and the aggrieved person of this decision.

6. Further Appeal

Faculty members with continuing grievances may avail themselves of the formal university grievance procedures.


Responsible Party:

Effective Date: Approved December 13, 1977

Policy History:
Last revised April 11, 1984
Edited September 2010
Edited October 2010