Recommendations to Departments on SAA Grievances
Because the wide variation in the nature of graduate student appointments on the Bloomington campus resists unified policies governing responses to graduate student employee complaints and grievances, the procedures outlined here are framed as strong recommendations of minimal standards. Terminology: In this document, “SAA” refers to any graduate student academic appointment.
“Complaint” and “Grievance”
“Complaint” is used as both the originating and the encompassing term; a complaint that is resolved through mutual agreement with the immediate supervisor remains a complaint, while one that must be pursued through an appeal to a third party is considered to rise to a “grievance.” Every grievance begins as a complaint, but not every complaint becomes a grievance. This document is concerned only with procedures for reviewing those grievances and complaints related to the terms and conditions of Graduate Student Academic appointments. When referring to the set of procedures themselves, these guidelines will employ the term “procedures for reviewing SAA grievances and complaints.”
The Faculty Council, through the Provost of the Bloomington campus, recommends to all departments and academic units involved in supervising graduate student academic appointments (associate instructors, graders, lab assistants, et al.) that internal procedures be established and maintained for reviewing graduate student grievances and complaints related to the terms and conditions of their academic appointments. In order to ensure fairness, as well as a measure of consistency across the campus, departments and professional schools are encouraged to address issues of timeliness, confidentiality, notification and avenues of appeal; we urge all units to adhere to the following standards in adopting or revising SAA grievance procedures: