UNIVERSITY GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

La Salle University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment, admission, and treatment of employees and students. The grievance procedure outlined below is designed to resolve as quickly and equitably as possible any situation in which a faculty member, staff member, or student believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. For this purpose of the following, the Grievant is the member of the faculty, professional or non-professional staff, or student body who submits a grievance. The Respondent is the person alleged to be responsible for the discriminatory action.

Informal Review

The initial stage of presentation of a grievance should include a conference of the grievant with the respondent. This should be accomplished by the grievant within ten (10) working days from the time he or she believes that an act of discrimination has taken place. Every effort should be made to resolve the conflict at that level. If that effort fails, the matter should be presented to the grievant's supervisor or the respondent's supervisor. For example, if a faculty member feels that the department chairperson is practicing a discriminatory act, the faculty member should contact the appropriate dean; if a student feels that a member of the University community is practicing discrimination, it should be reported to the Dean of Students, etc. In this manner most issues should be resolved satisfactorily. This direct and informal communication is fundamental to the type of educational and work environment intended by the University.

Formal Review

If the grievant fails to receive satisfaction through this process, a more formal review may be initiated by contacting the Affirmative Action Officer who will determine whether the complaint is grievable. If so, a grievance form should be completed, the signature of the immediate supervisor secured, and the form submitted to the Affirmative Action Officer within ten (10) calendar days of the last informal meeting between the grievant and the supervisor concerning the complaint. The Affirmative Action Officer will notify those parties involved of the procedures below.

The Affirmative Action Officer convenes a committee consisting of the following: the Director of Human Resources, one individual selected by the grievant, and one individual selected by the respondent. With the exception of individuals directly involved in the nature of the complaint, any full-time employee below the executive level or student of the University may be selected to serve on this committee.

 

In its consideration of the grievance, the committee will conduct a fact-finding review and make a written report of findings to the Affirmative Action Officer who will make a written recommendation to the area Vice President or Provost usually within twenty (20) calendar days of receipt of the committee's report. The area Vice President or Provost's final decision will be made in a reasonable period of time after receipt of the written recommendation. These time limits may vary in cases of extenuating circumstances such as holidays, vacations, or the extended illness of one or both parties.

The original grievance form will be retained by the Supervisor. Copies of the form, the written recommendation, and all relevant correspondence will be filed with the area Vice President or Provost and the Affirmative Action Officer.

Throughout all aspects of the informal or formal review, the Affirmative Action Officer will be available for procedural consultation with any of the parties involved with a grievance.