UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-03-01A
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Academic Integrity
SUBJECT: Faculty Grievances/Alternative Policy
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2, 2004
This policy establishes an alternative method to seek redress of grievances through an
Any member of the faculty may invoke this alternative method to seek redress for a
grievance against certain actions by an administrator not covered by other University
policies. See Procedure 02-03-01A, Faculty Grievances/Alternative Procedure.
Selection of the procedure under this policy shall be exclusive and, except as provided
for in the limited circumstances in the paragraphs below, once the procedure is selected
by the eligible faculty member, that faculty member shall not be permitted to seek redress
under Policy 02-03-01 for the same grievances.
Following efforts at resolution at the department, school or campus level, the eligible
faculty member may file an election under this policy which includes a written formal
complaint of the grievance with the Provost. The Provost, after review, may decline to
accept the election and if the Provost does so decline, the faculty member shall be
notified of such declination within fourteen (14) days of the Provostís receipt of the faculty
election. Should the Provost decline the election, the faculty member shall have the right
to seek redress of grievances under Policy 02-03-01.
If the Provost accepts the election, the Provost shall appoint a single Hearing Officer who,
in accordance with Procedure 02-03-01A, shall be substituted for the Grievance Panel
usually constituted in faculty grievances pursuant to Policy 02-03-01. Prior to appointing
the Hearing Officer, the Provost shall consult with the President of the Senate and, in
cases arising from the Schools of the Health Sciences, the Senior Vice Chancellor for the
Health Sciences. However, the Provostís choice of a Hearing Officer shall not be limited in
any way by such consultation. The faculty member shall have five (5) days after receipt of
the appointment notification from the Provost to decline, in writing, to continue under this
Alternative Policy, and if he/she chooses, to invoke the procedures under Policy 02- 03-01.
If the faculty member does not decline to utilize this Alternative Policy, the Hearing Officer
shall promptly investigate and make recommendations for resolution. The action taken
by the Provost after receipt of the recommendations on the matter completes the process
and shall be final.
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 02-03-01A, Faculty Grievances/Alternative Procedure
Policy 02-03-01, Faculty Grievances
Procedure 02-03-01, Faculty Grievances