University Faculty Appeals and Grievance Committee


Tu, Aug 23
Other meetings as necessary due to appeals and grievances


  • At-large
    • 2021 Steven E. Harris, Associate Professor, HIST, CAS
    • 2022 Kristin Marsh, Associate Professor, SOAN, CAS
  • College Representatives
    • 2021 Hilary E. Stebbins, Associate, PSYC, CAS – Chair
    • 2022 Beverly Epps, Associate Professor, COE
    • 2022 Xiaofeng Zhao, Professor, COB
  • Alternate Members
    • 2021 Dianne Baker, Professor, BIOL, CAS – at large
    • 2021 Ana Chichester, Professor, MLL, CAS – at large
    • 2021 Chad Murphy, Associate Professor, PSCI, CAS
    • 2021 Teresa Coffman, Professor, COE
    • 2022 Michael Lapke, Associate Professor, COB

Note: This committee does not have a secretary, as proceedings are confidential.


2.6.4 This committee meets only when it has an appeal or grievance to consider. It reports to the University Faculty Council in the form of an annual summary of actions taken that year and of procedural issues that need to be addressed. The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Hear faculty appeals, review evidence, and evaluate the procedures followed in cases of dismissal or termination prior to the end of term specified in the current contract or of a tenured appointment, including terminations for cause, financial exigency, or discontinuance of a program (see §4.2);

.2 Hear evidence regarding and make recommendations concerning faculty grievances as defined in section 5.8 of this Handbook. This committee will not hear grievances that are dealt with by their own specific policies and procedures, including an appeal process, as outlined elsewhere in the Handbook, even if such grievances satisfy the definition in section 5.8.1. These include: decisions regarding the awarding or withholding of tenure; actions awarding or withholding promotions; any action related to evaluation of performance or salary adjustment; and disciplinary action taken as a consequence of a determination of racial, sexual, or other forms of discriminatory actions or the creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or study environment. (Also see §5.8.3 for what are considered non-grievable actions.)

.3 Hear evidence, consider procedures followed, and make recommendations in those cases where appeal to this committee has been specified in the Faculty Handbook (e.g. denial of requests for medical leave, leave without pay, etc.)

.4 Serve as the academic freedom committee in cases involving faculty members, as specified in Appendix C.2; and

.5 Perform other duties as assigned by the University Faculty Council.