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CWUR 6-80-020 Grievance Hearing

(1) The petition shall set forth in writing and in detail the nature of the grievance, shall state against whom the complaint is directed, and the relief sought. The petition must be filed within ten (10) working days of the end of the informal discussion CWUP 6-80-010 (4) (Grievance – Definition and General Information).

(2) Within ten (10) working days after receipt of the petition for a hearing, the Chief
Human Resource Officer / designee shall appoint a grievance committee of three persons. An effort should be made to select individuals who are mutually acceptable to both sides and normally the people selected will be exempt employees, although, in some instances, it may be deemed appropriate to use other university employees. Employees who are members of the same department as the concerned parties shall not be appointed to the grievance committee. A person selected for the grievance committee shall decline to serve if the employee deems themselves biased or personally interested in the outcome.

(3) The committee shall meet as soon as possible after their selection to select a chair, determine a schedule, and make such other organizational decisions as may be needed. The grievance committee will investigate the grievance and attempt to resolve the issue. If, in the opinion of the grievance committee following an investigation, a resolution is not possible, the committee shall decide whether or not the facts merit a hearing. The committee's decision for a hearing shall be issued within ten (10) working days of the appointment of the committee.

(4) In the event the grievance committee decides to hold a hearing, the chair of the committee shall notify the parties in writing as soon as possible after the committee's decision and the hearing shall be held not less than ten (10) working days from the mailing of the notice, unless all of the parties with the consent of the chair, agree to shorten or lengthen the time to more or less than ten (10) working days.

(5) The parties and any others the grievance committee deems necessary to the proceedings shall make themselves available to appear at the hearing unless they can verify to the committee that their absence is unavoidable. The aggrieved shall be permitted to have an employee to act as advisor.

(6) Hearings will be closed to all except those persons directly involved in the case. Statements and other information given at the hearing shall be confidential and shall not be released to anyone unless required by statute or regulation.

(7) The grievance committee shall file its recommendations with the Chief Human Resource Officer within ten (10) working days after the conclusion of the hearing. Within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the recommendations the Chief Human Resource Officer shall inform all parties to the case of the decision. This action shall constitute notice of the final decision in the hearing procedure.

[2/2010: Responsibility: Exempt Employee Association Governing Board; Authority: CFO/BFA; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/PAC; Review/Effective Date: 9/5/12; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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