Discussions of Grievance Policies Continue

Continuing an examination begun at its September meeting, Faculty Council chair Steve Everett (College) presented a model for a faculty conciliation and mediation program from Case Western Reserve University, developed by that institution’s Faculty Senate and underwritten by its provost’s office. Drawing a distinction between a mediation process and a hearing process, Emory’s Faculty Hearing Committee chair James Hughes (Law) noted that “it’s difficult to find information to invoke the [hearing] process” and suggested that faculty may have rights they are not aware of because of a lack of accessible information. It was also noted that while a faculty hearing process was approved in 1998, a simultaneous proposal for a mediation process was shelved. Having approved the formation of an ad-hoc subcommittee on the issue, the Council agreed to appoint that committee and begin the task of identifying existing resources and policies at Emory and models and options for revisiting the possibility of a mediation process for faculty.

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