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November 3, 2015
MEMORANDUM
TO:
University Committee on Faculty Affairs
FROM:
William Donohue, Faculty Grievance Official ([email protected])
SUBJECT:
End of SPRING & SUMMER SEMESTERS 2015 Report
Article IX.G of the Faculty Grievance Policy requires the Faculty Grievance Official to report to
the University Committee on Faculty Affairs once each semester. This report covers the
activities of the FGO from January 5, 2015 to August 28, 2015.
In addition to the data found later in this report regarding grievances, inquiries and conferences,
the office has worked on a number of initiatives to better serve faculty and administrators. This
includes:
1. Launched an updated and more comprehensive FGO website with information that is
tailored to all parties involved in our processes;
2. Partnering with IT Services to design and build a software solution to assist in case
tracking, data compilation and general case management;
3. Filled the FGO executive secretary position by hiring Sam AcMoody;
4. Participated in a committee to review & revise the University policy on discipline and
dismissal;
5. Served on a committee that developed a LEAD program on incivility among academics;
6. Initiated two separate mediations as pilot cases;
7. Drafted an MSU mediation policy with the aim at broadening the tools individuals have
at their disposal to resolve grievance-type conflicts;
8. Contributed to a steering committee for the MSU Service Delivery Pilot;
9. Participated in a Faculty & Organizational Development review of International
Programs.
Below are listed the data associated with the activities for the Faculty Grievance Office. Please
feel free to contact our office with any questions or comments. I appreciate your support.
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**Please note that the below numbers may not appear to be congruent due to the fact that a
single grievance’s activity may take place in multiple reporting windows with each progressing
at its own pace.
1.
GRIEVANCE ACTIVITY
1.1
Grievances Filed
10
1.2
Jurisdictional Findings
5
1.3
Jurisdictional Appeals Filed
3
1.3.1
1.3.2
2.
3.
TOTAL
Jurisdictional Appeals Upheld
Jurisdictional Appeals Overturned
2
0
1.4
Grievances Withdrawn
5
1.5
Grievances held in Abeyance
1
1.6
Grievance Hearings
2
1.7
Appeal Hearings
1
1.8
Mediations
2
1.9
Resolved Informally
3
1.10
Pending Resolution
3
MEDIATION ACTIVITY
2.1
Resolved
0
2.2
Ongoing
2
GRIEVANCE CASES PENDING
3.1
Mediation
1
3.2
Appeal Hearing
1
3.3
Jurisdictional Appeal
1
TOTAL CASES PENDING
3
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4.
INQUIRIES
4.1
4.2
TOTAL
Subject: Faculty Grievance Procedure
Informal Resolution
Retention / Promotion / Tenure
Annual Evaluation / Salary
Department Climate
Discipline
Budget
Grade Dispute
Retirement
Teaching Assignment / Load
Vacation Time
Administrative Appointment
Bylaws
Mediation
Administrative Review
FOIA
Source: Faculty
Administrators
Other
90
28
27
24
19
15
14
6
6
6
6
5
5
3
1
1
196
43
17
TOTAL INQUIRIES
5.
CONFERENCES
256
TOTAL
5.1
Subject:
Informal Resolution
Mediation
Discipline
FGO Administration
Retention / Promotion / Tenure
FGO Procedure
Executive Secretary Interviews
Administrative Appointment
Budget
Department Climate
Vacation Time
Annual Evaluation
Bylaws
Teaching Assignment
30
15
10
11
8
7
5
4
4
2
2
1
1
1
5.2
Participants:
Faculty
Administrators
Others
41
43
17
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5.3
Type:
One-Person
Two or More Persons
TOTAL CONFERENCES
68
33
101
In my capacity as Faculty Grievance Official, I also undertook the following activities:
1. Staffed an FGO information table at the MSU new faculty orientation session.
2. Gave a brief overview of the FGO and its functionality at new Administrator orientation
session.
3. Attended UCFA, MSU University Council, and MSU Board of Trustees meetings.
4. Participated in a Conflict Management Conference in Austin, TX June 10-11.
5. Executive Secretary Sam AcMoody completed the International Ombudsman
Association’s Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman course in Atlanta, GA
April 17-19.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant cooperation and assistance that I received
from faculty and from deans, directors, and chairs and their associates who worked with me to
attempt to resolve grievances informally. I want to acknowledge the assistance of UCFA and
the Office of the Provost in administering the Faculty Grievance Policy (FGP). I want to
especially acknowledge and thank Associate Provost Curry, Ms. Yermak and Ms. Trowbridge of
Academic HR, and Ms. Zayko of the General Counsel’s Office for their assistance concerning
the mediation of grievances.
Respectfully submitted,
William Donohue
Faculty Grievance Official and
Professor of Communication
WD/sda
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