UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-03-01
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Academic Integrity
SUBJECT: Faculty Grievances
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 9, 1988
This policy establishes the rights of faculty members to seek redress of grievances
through a two-step, informal and formal mediation process.
Any eligible member of the faculty may seek redress for a grievance arising from certain
actions by an administrator not covered by other University policies. See Procedure
02-03-01, Faculty Grievances.
- Following efforts at resolution at the department, school, or campus level, the chair
of the Senate Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee (TAFC) may be asked to
conduct an informal investigation and mediation effort.
- If that mediation is unsuccessful in resolving the issue, the faculty member may file
a formal written complaint with the Provost.
Excluded from this policy are grievances which include:
- Sexual harassment, discrimination based on race, sex, ethnic origin, religion, age, or
handicap; violations of academic freedom or of proper procedures associated with
appointment, tenure or promotion decisions, all of which are subjects of separate
- Dissatisfaction with existing University policies (only misapplications of policy as to
specific individuals are grievances within this policy)
- Negative evaluations of an individual faculty memberís professional work (negative
evaluations that constitute violations of academic freedom are within the jurisdiction
- Dissatisfaction with a salary decision, except where a salary decision or set of salary
decisions is part of a pattern of conduct that, taken as a whole, may constitute
the basis for a grievance
Procedure 02-03-01, Faculty Grievances