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Southeast Missouri State University

Governance Committee

Governance Committee Year-End Report

2004-2005 Academic Year

Submitted by Martha S. Zlokovich, Chair

Members:

Mary Ann Deline

Andy Fulkerson

Aarrik Jackson

Craig Roberts

Candy Walton

  1. In the 2003-2004 Year-End Report the committee recommended that “When the Professional Affairs Committee reviews the most recent promotion process, it is recommended that individual faculty members who went through this year's process be interviewed in addition to promotion committee members, chairs, and deans.” The current committee recommends that this procedure be followed after the promotion process is completed in Spring semester, 2005.

  1. Last year the committee recommended that Faculty Senate review the by-laws for the Grievance Committee and make recommendations for clarifying the charge and reporting process for this committee.

    1. The by-laws were examined and changed (see below).

FACULTY SENATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION 04-05

Approved by the Faculty Senate

November 17, 2004

Grievance Committee Charge

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Section 7.612 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws be amended in the following manner:

7.612 Grievance Committee--the membership of the Grievance Committee shall consist of one faculty member from each of the colleges, schools, and Kent Library. The Grievance Committee is charged: to hear and make appropriate recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding complaints of individuals or of groups of faculty members concerning specific application of University policies, practices, standards, and decisions (e.g., academic freedom, tenure, and due process); to report grievances issues to the Faculty Senate when it believes a grievance has made the issue of broader relevance to the faculty; to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints or charges of actions implying malfeasance, moral turpitude, or incompetence that are believed to be damaging to the personal and professional reputation of a faculty member or administrative official; to prepare a written report to be forwarded to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, which within 20 business days shall frame the recommendation of theGrievance Committee to be communicated to the appropriate decision maker(s) or decision-making body(ies) for timely action.

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As a result of this resolution, By-Law Section 7.612 will read as follows:

7.612Grievance Committee--the membership of the Grievance Committee shall consist of one faculty member from each of the colleges, schools, and Kent Library. The Grievance Committee is charged: to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints of individuals or of groups of faculty members concerning specific application of University policies, practices, standards, and decisions (e.g., academic freedom, tenure, and due process); to report issues to the Faculty Senate when it believes a grievance has made the issue of broader relevance to the faculty; to hear and make appropriate recommendations regarding complaints or charges of actions implying malfeasance, moral turpitude, or incompetence that are believed to be damaging to the personal and professional reputation of a faculty member or administrative official; to prepare a written report to be forwarded to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, which within 20 business days shall frame the recommendation of the Grievance Committee to be communicated to the appropriate decision maker(s) or decision-making body(ies) for timely action.

    1. The committee recommends a reexamination of the Grievance Committee Charge in both the Faculty Handbook and the Bylaws once the Grievance Policy revisions are finalized.

  1. The primary focus of the committee was revising the Grievance Policy. The committee met throughout the Fall and Spring semesters to discuss the Southeast Missouri State University Professional Staff and Faculty Grievance Policies, policies at other institutions, and to write a new Faculty Grievance Policy.

    1. A draft copy of the Committee's proposed Faculty Grievance Policy was provided to senators at the April 6, 2005 Faculty Senate meeting. Discussion of it was scheduled to take place at the April 20, 2005 Faculty Senate meeting.

    1. The committee recommends that as a part of revising the Faculty Grievance Policy, a flow chart should be developed that indicates where and to whom different types of complaints and grievances will be routed.

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