The grievance process outlined in the UNR Bylaws provides for a process for faculty to voice their objections to decisions regarding annual evaluation, merit, promotion, tenure, and other aspects of employment and ask that these decisions be reviewed. The specific language that governs the grievance process is contained in section 3.2 of the UNR Bylaws. This document provides a brief overview of the process to assist faculty in understanding critical points but the final authority rests in the Bylaws.
Reconsideration is simply a formal request that an administrative review occur of a decision. If something is subject to a grievance, a request for reconsideration is usually the first step in the grievance process. It may be the only process one invokes. Not all issues that can be reconsidered can be grieved. It is best to contact the Faculty Senate Office prior to initiating the reconsideration process.
Issues that are subject to a request for reconsideration include:
Filing a grievance initiates a formal hearing process to review a decision. The grievance is reviewed by a panel of five faculty members in a formal hearing. The panel then makes a recommendation to the President who may accept or reject the recommendations.
Issues that are subject to grievance include evaluation and merit, denial of tenure or promotion, or other aspects of contractual status.
The possible benefits of filing a grievance are that a faculty member would achieve a better evaluation, increase in merit, approval of promotion or tenure, etc. However, it should be kept in mind that grievance is a difficult and sometimes adversarial process, which can disrupt the work of an entire department as well as affecting the working relationships with colleagues. A grievance should be a last resort.
The grievance process must be conducted in conjunction with the faculty senate office. Please remember that the senate office is here to help faculty.