This policy outlines conditions of service for faculty employees.
All faculty at the UO and individuals who work with faculty.
For questions about this policy, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 541-346-3081
Temporary revisions to Section L expired December 6, 2016.
Temporary revisions to Section L were extended by President Michael Schill on June 9, 2016.
Temporary revisions to Section L approved by President Michael Schill on December 31, 2015.
Technical revisions enacted by the University Secretary on August 31, 2015.
Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law on July 1, 2014.
Former Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 580 Division 21, Sections 0005 through 0055.
A. Appointment Procedures
(1) Each person to be appointed or reappointed as a member of the faculty shall be sent written notification of appointment and conditions and terms thereof for each period of employment. The notification shall be signed by the President or, for noninstitutional personnel, by the President or a designee. All appointments for a period in excess of one year must be authorized by the President.
(2) The notice of appointment shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a) Effective date of appointment;
(b) Description of position offered (including references to any unusual duties);
(c) Academic rank and title offered;
(d) Duration of appointment;
(e) Tenure status, including the nature of any restrictions on eligibility for tenure (e.g., limited term or temporary appointments or appointments funded by grant funds beyond institutional control);
(g) Other conditions of employment.
(3) The faculty member shall be provided written information concerning duties, responsibilities and institutional expectations. Such written information shall be provided with the initial notice of appointment and whenever significant changes occur. The written information shall include:
(a) Specific expectations relating to the particular position;
(b) General institutional expectations as to professional standards, obligations and responsibilities to be met by faculty members, including but not limited to the following:
(A) Criteria to be used in evaluating the faculty member in connection with renewal of appointment, promotion, tenure (if faculty member does not have indefinite tenure) and post-tenure review (if the faculty member has indefinite tenure);
(B) Procedures to be used in application of the evaluative criteria, including identification of officers responsible for accumulating the information and data necessary to the evaluation, making the evaluation, counseling with the faculty member concerning performance and areas of desirable improvement and such additional information as is necessary to outline clearly the procedures to be used;
(C) Kinds of information that will be gathered by the institution as the basis for evaluating the faculty member;
(D) A reference to institutional rules relating to faculty records;
(E) The nature of the institutional staff career support program, with specific reference to institutional assistance available to assist the faculty member in improving teaching and other scholarly activities;
(F) A reference to the agreement required by UO Policy 580.021.0100-135 Section C concerning the extent to which prior experience will be credited as a part of the probationary period of employment;
(G) A reference to any exceptions agreed to as provided in Section UO Policy 580.021.0100-135, Section G.
B. Affirmative Action Goals: Employment
(1) The President shall establish affirmative action goals and procedures for the purpose of increasing the proportion and effective utilization of minorities and women employed in administrative, technical and faculty positions in programs and departments where minorities or women are underrepresented.
(2) For purposes of this rule, "minorities" refers to Black African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian/Pacific-Island Americans and American Indians/Alaskan Natives.
(3) The goals and procedures established under this rule shall be reviewed by the President for adequacy and effectiveness at the end of each biennium and modified accordingly. A report of this biennial review shall be submitted to the Board.
C. Consultative Procedures
The President shall establish written procedures through which faculty, department heads and deans shall have the opportunity for effective participation in deliberations leading to recommendations for appointment, reappointment, tenure or promotion of faculty. The procedures established shall also provide for consideration of information from other appropriate sources, including, but not limited to, student evaluations of faculty.
D. Terms of Service of Faculty
(1) Academic staff may be appointed on the academic-year basis, the fiscal-year basis or on such other basis as may be arranged in individual cases.
(2) An academic year is normally the three-term period of service extending from September 16 of one calendar year through June 15 of the next calendar year, or for a comparable period of service within the fiscal year, whichever best serves the particular type of work involved, as may be required by the President. Nothing in this regulation shall be construed to prevent a staff member employed on an academic-year basis from being employed during the remainder of the fiscal year, in the summer sessions or in other service for the University, provided responsibilities for the regular academic year have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the department head and the dean or director of the division.
E. Working Hours
The varied nature of the work of faculty members whose duties are administrative, instructional, research or extension makes it impractical to define the exact number of working hours. All such faculty members are required to give the institution their undivided efforts. Determination of time of service is the responsibility of the President. However, this provision shall not apply to Department employees who are subject to state or federal overtime compensation requirements.
F. Outside Employment and Activities; Conflict of Interest
(1) No full-time employee of the University shall engage in any outside employment that substantially interferes with duties. See also IMD 4.005 and 4.010, Board and Institution Policy on Outside Activities and Related Compensation.
(2) University employees shall provide written reports to the President regarding potential conflicts of interest as defined under ORS 244.020(8). Complaints by any person regarding potential conflicts of interest may be referred for investigation to the President who shall investigate the complaint.
G. Participation in Voluntary FTE Reduction Program
During the period that any employee participates in a voluntary FTE reduction program authorized by the University, leave accruals and other benefits administered under this division will be calculated based upon the employee’s FTE immediately prior to program participation and will not be reduced to reflect the reduction in FTE caused by the employee’s participation in the program.
H. Fellowship Leave
(1) A fellowship leave is leave available to faculty who have received certain fellowships that support research, writing, advanced study or travel related to scholarly or professional activities, including, but not limited to, Fulbright, NEA, NEH, Guggenheim, or other comparable federal or private fellowships, payable only to the faculty member.
(2) Any unclassified employee appointed at .5 FTE or more may be granted a fellowship leave upon approval of the President or designee. In addition, the President or designee may authorize continuation of institutional health care coverage and payment of employer contribution toward health care or other personnel expenses during a fellowship leave.
(3) Each faculty member, in applying for a fellowship leave, shall sign an agreement to return to the institution for a period of at least one year's service on completion of the leave. If the faculty member fails to fulfill this obligation, the faculty member shall repay the full cost of benefits paid by the institution during the leave. This amount is due and payable three months following the date designated in the institution's fellowship leave agreement for the faculty member to return to the institution.
I. Career Development Leave
Career development leave is available to unclassified, faculty, and classified employees of the University as leave without pay, subject to the approval of the University.
(1) Eligibility. Vacation means absence from work permitting rest and recreation for a specified period of time during which regular compensation continues. Unclassified employees gain vacation privileges only if employed at .50 FTE or more on a 12-month appointment.
(2) Computation. Eligible unclassified employees accrue vacation on a monthly basis, beginning the first of the month following date of hire or on the first of the month if an employee is hired the first working day of the month. Vacation accrues on the last day of the month and is available for use the first day of the next month subject to the restrictions in Section J(3) of this policy. A 9-month employee appointed to a 12-month contract may receive credit for the previous 9-month contract, on a pro-rata basis. Eligible employees with a 12-month, 1.0 FTE contract accrue 15 hours of vacation per month; eligible employees on a .50 FTE or more contract accrue vacation in proportion to their FTE. An employee who terminates OUS employment before completing the 6-month wait period receives no vacation, and is not entitled to compensation for vacation accrued. On February 28, 1998, eligible employees shall be credited with vacation leave on a pro-rata basis at a rate of 14.67 hours per month as if monthly accrual had begun on their last vacation anniversary date or, for those employed fewer than 11 months, on their date of hire.
(3) Wait Period and Maximum Balance. Vacation accrual is available to the unclassified employee for use six months after vacation accrual begins. Until September 1, 1999, there will be no maximum on the amount of vacation leave that an employee can accrue. However, effective September 1, 1999, no employee may accrue in excess of 260 hours, and any accrued vacation leave in excess of this cap will be forfeited.
(a) Inter-institutional/Unclassified to Unclassified. If an eligible unclassified employee transfers to another unclassified position within the Department and remains eligible for vacation accrual, the employee shall transfer all accrued vacation leave to the new position. However, if there is a break in service for more than 30 days, all accrued vacation pay will be paid off by the sending institution and the employee will be considered a new hire in the position. Moving from position to position within the same institution shall not be considered a transfer or a break in service for purposes of this rule.
(b) For purposes of this Rule, OHSU shall be considered an institution within the Department whereby an OHSU unclassified employee who "transfers to unclassified position within the Department and remains eligible for vacation accrual," may, subject to approval by the receiving department or institution, transfer all accrued vacation time from OHSU to an institution within the Department; upon such a transfer, the vacation benefits of a former OHSU employee shall be administered in accordance with Section J.
(c) Classified to Unclassified Appointment. If a classified employee of the Department receives an unclassified appointment within the Department and is eligible for vacation leave, the employee may bring up to 80 hours of accrued vacation leave; the receiving department or institution may accept up to 250 hours maximum. The former classified employee shall receive cash compensation from the sending department or institution for any remaining accrued vacation leave. The former classified employee may use accrued vacation without serving a 6 month wait period.
(5) The accrual of vacation leave is reduced on a pro-rata basis for the period of leave without pay, sabbatical leave, and educational leave. Vacation leave is accrued during other periods of paid leave.
(6) Payment for Accrued Vacation Leave. Unclassified employees are not entitled to payment for unused vacation leave except upon termination of employment or upon transfer within the Department to another unclassified position not eligible for vacation benefits. Unclassified employees who transfer to a classified position within State of Oregon employment are subject to applicable OUS rules or collective bargaining agreements governing payment for accrued vacation. The maximum number of hours that can be paid upon termination or transfer is 180 hours.
(7) Scheduling and Use of Vacation Leaves. Vacation leaves are scheduled with the approval of the employee's supervisor and should be planned cooperatively with the employee. Vacation leave should be scheduled in such a manner as to minimize disruption to the organization. Supervisors must be reasonable in allowing the use of vacation leave and may not unreasonably deny vacation requests where the result would be the forfeiture of accrued vacation. For purposes of calculation, one normal work day is the equivalent of eight hours of vacation leave for a full-time employee.
(8) Record Keeping. The University is responsible for maintaining the individual records of vacation accrual and use.
(9) Vacation Donation. The transfer of vacation time, for use by another employee, classified or unclassified, is not permitted.
(10) Vacation Borrowing. Employees are not permitted to borrow against vacation that is not yet accrued. (Section 12, relating to interim provisions for employees moving from Management Service to Unclassified Service, was repealed December 1, 1999.)
(11) Notwithstanding Section J(6) of this policy, from the period December 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015, unclassified employees of the Office of the Chancellor, upon termination or transfer as described in this rule, may receive cash payment for up to 260 hours of accrued vacation leave.
K. Absence Due to Illness
Reassignment of the work of a staff member incapacitated by illness over a period longer than one month must have the approval of the President or division head.
L. Sick Leave Plan for Academic Personnel
(1) Eligibility. All full-time academic staff will be credited with eight hours of sick leave for each full month of service, or two hours for each full week of service less than one month. Part-time academic staff employed .50 FTE appointment or more will be credited pro rata amount. Graduate assistants are not eligible to accrue or to use sick leave. An academic staff member whose appointment is less than .50 FTE is not eligible to accrue sick leave, but is eligible to use a prorate of sick leave accrued but unused while previously employed .50 FTE or more. In addition, sick leave is not earned or used during sabbatical leave, educational leave or leave without pay. Sick leave credit shall be earned during sick leave with pay and during other periods of paid leave. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave that may be accrued.
(2) Earned Sick Leave Use. Academic staff who have earned sick leave credits must use the credits for any period of absence from service that is due to the employee's illness, injury, disability resulting from pregnancy, necessity for medical or dental care, exposure to contagious disease or attendance upon members of the employee's immediate family (employee's parents, spouse, children, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or another member of the immediate household) where employee's presence is required because of illness or death in the immediate family of the academic staff member or the academic staff member's spouse. As an alternative, the academic staff member can request to be on sick leave without pay. The institution may require a physician's certificate to support the sick leave claim for any absence in excess of 15 consecutive calendar days or for recurring sick leave use. The institution may require a physician's certificate before allowing return to work to certify that the return would not be detrimental to the academic staff member or to others.
(3) Recordkeeping. At the time and in the manner prescribed by the President, each academic staff member covered by these provisions shall certify to the officer designated the amount of sick leave earned and the amount of sick leave with pay used. Sick leave records will be maintained in an appropriate file at the institution.
(4) Sick Leave Without Pay. The President or designee may grant sick leave without pay for up to one year when the academic staff member has used all accrued sick leave with pay. The academic staff member must submit a written request for leave and shall be required to submit a physician's certificate. Extensions beyond one year may be granted on a year-by-year basis.
(5) Unearned Sick Leave Advance. The purpose of this section is to provide salary continuance for up to 90 calendar days of absence due to illness through a combination of accrued and advance sick leave. Each full-time academic staff member is entitled to receive a sick-leave-with-pay advance as needed to provide the difference between sick leave earned as of the onset of the illness or injury and 520 hours; part-time staff are eligible to receive a sick-leave-with-pay advance proportional to FTE to provide the difference between sick leave earned as of the onset of the illness or injury and a prorate of 520 hours. As sick leave is earned, the amount shall replace any sick leave advanced until all advanced time is replaced with earned time. No more than a 520-hour sick leave advance is available during a seven-year period that begins with the first sick leave advance. More than one sick leave advance is possible as long as the total advance does not exceed 520 hours during a seven-year period. Sick leave that may have been advanced, but unused, cannot be considered for purposes of computing retirement benefits. Academic staff on fixed term appointment cannot receive an advance that extends beyond the end date of the fixed term appointment except upon written approval of the President or designee.
(6) Transfer and Termination. An academic staff member is entitled to transfer in unused sick leave earned with any other agency of the State of Oregon including sick leave earned in the classified service provided the break in service upon transfer does not exceed two years. An academic staff member who leaves employment with the State of Oregon and then returns is entitled to reinstate the previous unused, accrued sick leave. An academic staff member who terminates employment is not entitled to compensation for unused sick leave except in the calculation of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) retirement benefit as provided in ORS 237.153. As used in this subsection, and for these purposes only, the term "any other agency of the State of Oregon" shall include and apply to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
(7) Summer Appointments. Regular nine-month academic staff employed half-time or more to teach summer session or to work on summer wage appointments are eligible to accrue and to use sick leave during the period of such appointment. Regular nine-month staff employed less than half-time during summer session are not eligible to accrue sick leave, but are eligible to use a prorate of sick leave earned but unused while previously eligible to accrue leave. Other summer session teaching staff hired only to teach summer session are not eligible to accrue or to use sick leave.
(8) Workers' Compensation Integration. The purpose of this section is to insure that an academic staff member who receives a workers' compensation payment for lost time resulting from a compensable job-related illness or injury and salary paid for the same period of time does not exceed the academic staff member's regular salary for that period, and that paid leave is not charged for the payment received from workers' compensation:
(a) Salary paid for a period of sick leave that is taken as the result of a job-related illness or injury compensable under workers' compensation shall be equal to the difference between the worker's compensation benefit for lost time and the academic staff member's regular salary for the period for which the benefit is being paid. An academic staff member who is receiving workers' compensation time loss benefits can choose to use a prorated amount of accrued sick leave or a prorated amount of other accrued paid leave or sick leave without pay. Should an academic staff member elect to use other accrued paid leave for this purpose, instead of sick leave, the salary paid for this period shall be the difference between the workers' compensation benefit paid for lost time and the academic staff member's regular salary for the period for which the benefit is being paid. In such instances prorated charges will be made against the accrued paid leave;
(b) An academic staff member is not entitled to keep both salary, including paid leave, and workers' compensation benefits if the total exceeds the employee's regular salary. The University is responsible for coordinating the proration of salary, including sick leave or other paid leave, with workers' compensation lost time benefits. The University is entitled and is responsible to recover any salary overpayment that may have occurred. An academic staff member who receives a regular salary payment and a workers' compensation lost time benefit payment shall immediately notify the institutional payroll or other designated officer of such overpayment and shall return promptly to the University the amount of the salary overpayment. The University shall recover the amount of salary overpayment through payroll deduction or by cash payment according to existing University procedures.
M. Transfer of Accumulated, Unused Sick Leave
(1) University academic and administrative unclassified staff may transfer unused accumulated leave balances between the University and state agencies, subject to sick leave transfer provisions in (3) and (4), and applicable collective bargaining agreements.
(2) For purposes of this policy, a "state agency" includes all state agencies in the executive, judicial, or legislative departments of the State of Oregon. Special government bodies, including community colleges, school districts, education service districts, are not considered state agencies for purposes of this rule. Local government public employers other than state agencies are likewise ineligible to transfer unused leave to or from the University.
(3) Assumption of Funding Liability. Hiring agencies and departments assume funding liability for sick leave transferred under the provisions of this policy.
(4) Sick Leave. The full amount of accumulated, unused sick leave available at the time an employee separates from service may be transferred to the University or state agency when the employee is hired. Unearned, advanced sick leave that results in a negative sick leave balance is neither transferred nor accepted by the University.
(a) Accumulated, unused state agency sick leave earned during employment with a state agency, including leave earned in classified service, may be transferred to the hiring University if the break in service does not exceed two years, subject to approval of the hiring University.
(b) Accumulated, unused sick leave earned during employment with the University shall be transferred to the hiring state agency if the break in service does not exceed two years, subject to the rules of the state agency.
N. Use of Employees' Social Security Numbers
(1) The University shall comply with the requirements of Section 7 of the Privacy Act of 1974 when requesting disclosure of an employee's Social Security Number. Pursuant to the authority of the University to implement personnel systems and exercise payroll authority, the University may request that employees furnish valid Social Security Numbers for mandatory and voluntary uses, subject to the use and disclosure provisions of the Privacy Act.
(2)(a) The University may require disclosure of an employee's Social Security Number for mandatory uses as provided for under Section 7(a)(2) of the Privacy Act, including:
(A) Use and disclosure for certain program purposes, including disclosure to the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Parent Locator Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Medicare and Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation, and, in appropriate cases, epidemiological research.
(B) Administration and accounting purposes including the payment of state, federal and local payroll taxes; withholdings for FUTA and FICA; calculation and applicable reporting of pre-tax salary deductions for benefits including, but not limited to, IRC 117 and IRC 127 scholarship and educational assistance programs; IRC 457 deferred compensation and IRC 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plans; IRC 401(a) retirement plans; IRC 132 pre-tax parking and transit plans, IRC 125 flexible spending account or cafeteria plans; or IRC 105 or 106 health reimbursement arrangements.
(C) To the extent required by federal law, an employee's Social Security Number may be provided to a foreign, federal, state, or local law enforcement agency for investigation of a violation or potential violation of a law for which that entity has jurisdiction for investigation or prosecution.
(b) The University may request voluntary disclosure and consent to use an employee's Social Security Number for the following purposes: internal verification and identification for personnel administration, employment-related background checks, payroll records, enrollments or elections for participation in campus programs and services provided by the public universities.
(c) The University may request voluntary disclosure and consent to use the Social Security Number of an employee or the spouse, partner or dependent of the person requesting participation, as required by the administrator of each record-keeping system, benefit, program or service.
(3) A request for disclosure of an employees' Social Security Number will notify the employee:
(a) Whether disclosure is mandatory or voluntary;
(b) Under what statutory or other authority the social security number is requested;
(c) What specific use or uses will be made of the number; and
(d) What effect, if any, refusal to provide the number or to grant consent for a voluntary use as described above in (2)(b) and (c) will have on an individual.
(4) An employee's Social Security Number may not be put to a voluntary use as described above in (2)(b) and (c) unless the employee has granted consent for that use. If, after having provided notice and received consent to use an employee's Social Security Number for specified purposes, the University wishes to use the Social Security Number for additional purposes not included in the original notice and consent, the requesting entity must provide the employee notice and receive the employee's consent to use the number for those additional purposes.
(5) An employee's refusal to permit a voluntary use of his or her Social Security Number will not be used as a basis to deny the employee a right, benefit, or privilege provided by law.
(6) The University will develop a model disclosure and consent form for use by the University. The University may use a disclosure and consent form that differs from the model form only if:
(a) The differences are required to satisfy specific programmatic requirements or the entity's particular administrative needs, and
(b) The form complies with all requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 and this rule.
O. Conditions of Employment on Gift, Grant and Contract Funds
(1) The President shall determine whether unclassified personnel whose employment is financed primarily by gifts, grants or contracts shall be subject to University policies regarding vacations, sick leave, tenure, promotion, sabbatical leave and timely notice of nonrenewal or termination of employment.
(2) University policies that do not apply to a particular employee, and any substitute provisions, shall be specifically identified in the notice of appointment.
P. Grievance Procedures
(1) The University shall adopt, in consultation with faculty advisory committees including female and minority faculty and representatives of certified bargaining units, if any, appropriate grievance procedures, in accordance with the rulemaking procedures of the Administrative Procedure Act. The grievance procedures shall apply to all unclassified academic employees with faculty rank.
(2) For purposes of this policy and Section Q:
(a) "Grievance" means a complaint by an academic employee that the employee was wronged in connection with compensation, tenure, promotion or other conditions of employment or the employee's rights were denied as to reappointment;
(b) "Other conditions of employment" shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: violations of academic freedom; discriminatory employment practices; nondiscriminatory employment practices; and laws, rules, policies, and procedures under which the University operates. However, challenges to disciplinary actions or procedures shall be raised under Section F;
(c) "Days" mean calendar days unless expressly designated otherwise.
(3) The University’s grievance procedures shall:
(a) Set out the details of a grievance procedure appropriate to the University;
(b) Include both informal and formal steps. The formal steps shall include an appropriate administrator, a faculty committee (at the option of the grievant) and the President. The University may (at its option) provide a grievance officer. However, a grievance may be resolved at any step. In a formal grievance, all complaints, responses and decisions must be in writing;
(c) Establish time limits within which a grievance must be filed and for each step that will permit timely resolution of issues. Informal grievances shall receive a response within 15 days. In no instance shall the length of time between the presentation of the written grievance and the final University decision be more than 180 days, unless agreed to by the grievant. In the event a decision is not made at any level within the designated time limit, the grievant may submit the grievance to the next step;
(d) Provide for a hearing, at the option of the grievant, by a faculty committee selected by the faculty at the University.
(e) Provide for the appointment by the president of an administrative officer, or officers, (grievance officer) to receive and act upon the recommendations of the faculty committee. The University may, alternatively, opt to have the President receive and act upon the recommendations of the faculty committee.
(4) The University may elect not to proceed with a grievance if the grievant also seeks resolution in another forum.
(5) The University shall adopt rules of procedure for the faculty committee that allow for:
(a) A meaningful opportunity for the grievant to be heard;
(b) An opportunity for each party to present evidence, argument and rebuttal;
(c) The right to representation for each party at that party's expense;
(d) A hearing open to the public at the option of the grievant to the extent allowed by law;
(e) Written conclusions, based only upon evidence presented at the hearing; and
(f) Access by each party to a complete record of the hearing.
(6) The faculty committee shall make recommendations regarding the disposition of the grievance to the grievance officer or President (depending on the University’s election).
(7) Unless the grievance is resolved at a lower level, the President or grievance officer (depending on the University’s election), shall review the recommendations of the faculty committee, if any, and the President or grievance officer shall issue a decision.
(8) If the President or grievance officer (depending on the University’s election) rejects or modifies the recommendations of the faculty hearing committee, the reasons shall be stated in writing, and a copy provided to the grievant and to the hearing committee.
(9) Where the University has opted to use a grievance officer, the grievant may appeal the decision of the grievance officer to the President pursuant to Section Q.
(10) Under either option as set forth above, and except as set forth herein, the decision of the President shall be final, and shall be an exhaustion of grievant's administrative remedies with the University and the Board of Trustees (Board). If the grievance involves the President or where the President is the immediate supervisor of the grievant, then the appeal, set forth in Section 9, shall be to the Board (all other provisions of this rule shall otherwise apply).
(11) Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to limit the right of the Board to make such inquiry and review into personnel actions as it may from time to time deem, in its sole discretion, appropriate.
(12) Where collective bargaining agreements or policies exist at the University in which grievance procedures are specified and such procedures exceed the standards in this policy, such agreements or policies shall control, to the extent not inconsistent with the policy.
(13) After consultation with the appropriate faculty committees and approval of the President, the University shall adopt its policies by October 1, 2001.
(14) The University shall report annually to the Board beginning July 2002, on the number, basis and outcome of all formal grievances filed under the policies herein required.
Q. Appeal of Grievance Decisions
(1) Where the University has opted to utilize the process of decision by a grievance officer as set forth in Section P(3)(e), a grievant may request review by the President of a decision described in Section P(7). The President shall review the record of the grievance. The President shall decide, based on his/her own review, whether to support the grievance officer's decision. The President’s decision must be reached within 90 days of the date on which the request is received in the President's Office.
(2) A request for review by the President shall be in writing and must be received in the President's Office within 15 days of the grievant's receipt of the grievance officer's decision. The request shall briefly state the basis for the request for review and the specific facts that would support action by the President consistent with Section Q(4) of this policy. The request shall include a copy of the grievance officer's decision.
(3) Review by the President shall consist of an examination of the record of the grievance. The President may elect to receive additional written or oral presentations from the grievant and the grievance officer.
(4) The President shall not reverse a decision of a grievance officer unless:
(a) Procedural error was committed by the University during the grievance procedure and the error resulted in prejudice to the grievant;
(b) The decision of the grievance officer is not supported by substantial evidence; or
(c) The decision is in conflict with applicable policies or law.
(d) The President’s decision shall be in writing and shall be sent to the grievant and the grievance officer.