Issues Info

     

RIT AAUP Faculty Issues can be submitted and reviewed in the Issues area of this site. You will have to be an RIT faculty member to access the Issues area. Issues are organized into the following categories:

  • Policy & Procedures
  • Promotion & Tenure
  • Salary & Benefits
  • Shared Governance
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Other

RIT AAUP faculty have established this on-line vehicle to record, track, and solicit faculty involvement in initiating and recommending a remedy leading to a formal, campus wide resolution of issues. Without careful documentation and campus wide faculty input on each and every issue the AAUP effort will just become more noise in the confusing and complicated governance system of RIT.

If a submitted issue falls within our RIT AAUP Mission, we will investigate the extent of the issue and then seek to involve all faculty in articulating a solution using the eight steps outlined below:

Eight Step Process for Resolution of Issues

Step 1 – Documentation of the Issue

Any RIT faculty member can initiate an issue resolution process. Form details:

  • Issue ID - automatically generated.
  • Subject - brief title for this issue.
  • Issue - description of the specific problem, event, or area needing improvement.
  • Option to Post Issue Anonymously - if selected your name will not appear on-line associated with this issue. RIT AAUP will know who you are and will contact you directly about the issue to complete the process leading to a resolution.
  • Supporting Documents - attachment of any supporting documentation re the problem or event. (pdf format preferred) [not required]
  • Category - choose the most appropriate from among the following; Policy & Procedures, Promotion & Tenure, Salary & Benefits, Shared Governance, Teaching & Learning. If unsure or if the issue does not fit into any of the former categories choose Other.
  • Issue Related, Existing Category Reference(s) - policy or guideline that it is believed has been ignored, improperly followed, or needs improvement. Include document title, section/page number, and issue date/version number.
  • Suggested Remedy - recommendation for how would you like to see this issue resolved.
  • Date Stamp - automatically generated

Step 2 – Determine the Extent of the Issue

Solicit Faculty wide perspective on this and request documentation of similar instances of this issue. Issue will be announced to the RIT Faculty with a specific time period for response. Form details:

  • Issue ID - (carried forward from Step 1)
  • Subject - (carried forward from Step 1)
  • Restate Issue (optional) - your experience or improved description of the specific problem, event, or area needing improvement. [not required]
  • Option to Post Issue Anonymously - if selected your name will not appear on-line associated with this issue. RIT AAUP will know who you are and will contact you directly about the issue to complete the process leading to a resolution.
  • Additional Supporting Documents - attachment of additional supporting documentation re the problem or event. (pdf format preferred) [not required]
  • Reassign Category (optional) - choose a more appropriate category from among the following; Policy & Procedures, Promotion & Tenure, Salary & Benefits, Shared Governance, Teaching & Learning. If unsure or if the issue does not fit into any of the former categories choose Other. [not required]
  • Additional Issue Related, Existing Category Reference(s) (optional) - additional policies or guidelines that you believe have been ignored, improperly followed, or that need improvement. Include document title, section/page number, and issue date/version number. [not required]
  • Your Suggested Remedy - your recommendation for how would you like to see this issue resolved.
  • Date Stamp - automatically generated

Step 3 – Draft a Recommendation

AAUP/RIT Faculty group will address the issue and make a recommendation or statement of concern on the issue. Those submitting input in Steps 1 and 2 above will be asked to participate. Form details:

  • Issue ID - (carried forward from Step 1)
  • Subject - (carried forward from Step 1)
  • Issue - clear statement of issue
  • Authors - listing of the authors of this recommendation.
  • Supporting Documents - attachment of appropriate supporting documentation re the problem or event.
  • Category - chosen from among the following; Policy & Procedures, Promotion & Tenure, Salary & Benefits, Shared Governance, Teaching & Learning. If unsure or if the issue does not fit into any of the former categories choose Other.
  • Issue Related, Existing Category Reference(s) - specific policy or guideline addressed by this recommendation. Include document title, section/page number, and issue date/version number.
  • Suggested Remedy - recommendation for how to resolve this issue.
  • Date Stamp - automatically generated

Step 4 – Solicit Faculty Support

Ascertain faculty support for the recommendation. An RIT faculty wide anonymous but validated support response to the issue and the AAUP recommendation with an open comment option for all responders will be taken and collated.

Step 5 – Submit a Formal Recommendation

A formal response/recommendation including a collation of faculty support on the issue will be submitted to the appropriate party with copies to the president, academic senate, ICC, etc as it is deemed reasonable.

Step 6 – Collect Responses

Responses to the formal recommendation and dates received will be added to the on-line record of this issue.

Step 7 – Repeat Until Resolved

Repeat Steps 3-6 until a satisfactory resolution is reached.

Step 8 – Document, Archive, and Index the Resolution to the Issue

State the resolution to this issue on-line, closeout the issue, and keep the issue archive available on-line.