Conflict Resolution Process for Employees

SCOPE

The purpose of this policy is to establish an internal process for the good faith review and resolution of employment-related conflicts at the College. The conflict resolution process shall be available to employees and honorary faculty of the College. The process shall not otherwise apply to non-employees.

STATEMENT OF POLICY

The College encourages open and honest communication between employees and their supervisors. Most conflicts and differences of opinion can be resolved between the involved parties by directly addressing issues and jointly exploring alternatives. In addition, there are a variety of individuals who may be called upon to assist in informal conflict resolution. In cases where conflicts cannot be mutually resolved, the College has established formal grievance procedures.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

  1. Grievance Petition: A grievant can formally file a grievance petition.
  2. Informal Resolution:Once a grievance is filed, the Judicial Committee shall first try to arrange a meeting between the involved parties with their agreement for an informal resolution.
  3. Advisory Determination: If this does not work out, the Judicial Committee will make a written determination as to whether the petition meets the jurisdictional requirements for the formal process. When requested by a party, the Judicial Committee makes a written advisory determination on jurisdiction.
  4. Decision of the President: The President may accept, modify, or reject the decision of the Judicial Committee.

NON-RETALIATION

Since employees are encouraged to use the College grievance procedures when they believe that they have been unfairly treated, there must be no retaliation taken against any employee who gives information or appears before the Judicial Committee. Retaliation will not be tolerated and will subject an individual to College disciplinary procedures.