Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

The Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities shall deal with specific grievances of faculty, including those concerned with promotion and tenure. The committee shall establish such policies and procedures for carrying out its functions that are not inconsistent with the relevant provisions of the Faculty Handbook.

Each year the committee will establish from among its members a Panel on Collegial Problem-solving. This panel will be available for consultation, on a confidential basis if those concerned wish, and the informal resolution of disputes or other problems that may arise within departments, either between individuals and the department or among faculty colleagues, subject to a disclosure statement clearly indicating that the participants understand that legal advice is not being given. If attempts at informal resolution are unsuccessful, the panel may recommend formal mediation or, in extreme cases, with the assent of those involved, may refer the matter to the office of the Provost.

March 2010