Policy: UWS 6 Complaints and Grievances
Wisconsin Administrative Code for Unclassified Employees
The following material consists of the sections of the Wisconsin Administrative Code which are
applicable to unclassified personnel (faculty and academic staff) and
their relations with students within the University of Wisconsin System.
When the code calls for a particular campus implementation, the UWP
rule or procedure is identified below. Each UWP rule or procedure is followed by a reference to its
source in the Faculty Constitution and Bylaws or Academic Staff
Constitution and Bylaws.
UWP. The standing faculty committee designated to conduct
hearings on complaints shall be the Complaints and Grievances
Commission. See Faculty Bylaws, Part II, Article XIII.
UWP. The complainant shall state his or her complaint in writing
to the Chancellor, who shall review the complaint and take
administrative action. The Chancellor's administrative action may be to
dismiss the complaint, invoke appropriate disciplinary action, or refer
the complaint to the Complaints and Grievances Commission. A hearing by
the commission shall take place at the request of the Chancellor, or, if
the Chancellor invokes a disciplinary action, at the request of the
faculty member involved.
The Chancellor and the commission shall insure that the faculty member involved receives:
UWP. After hearing and investigating a complaint, the commission
may make a recommendation to the Chancellor concerning disciplinary
action, recommend to the Chancellor that the complaint be dismissed, or
recommend referral of the complaint to the appropriate department or
administrator. See Faculty Bylaws, Part II, Article XIII, Section 3.
UWP. The Chancellor's decision on the recommendations of the
Commission, or on the complaint in the absence of the commission
recommendation, shall be final except that the Board of Regents, at its
option, might grant a review on the record. See Faculty Bylaws, Part
III, Article IX, Section 1.
UWP. A grievance is a personnel problem involving an
employee's expressed feeling of unfair treatment or dissatisfaction with
aspects of his/her working conditions within the University which are
outside his/her control. Grievants are encouraged to exercise all
existing means of informal review within the University.
The standing faculty committee designated to conduct hearings
on grievances shall be the Complaints and Grievances Commission. The
following procedure shall be followed:
A faculty member with a grievance must submit his or her
grievance to the Complaints and Grievances Commission within 300 days of
when he/she knew or should have known of the most recent incident or
incidents that he or she is grieving. The aggrieved faculty member is
entitled to a hearing before the Commission within 20 working days of
the written submission of the grievance to the Commission chairman. This
deadline may be extended upon the consent of the grievant or by order
of the Commission. A colleague named as a party to the grievance is
entitled to at least a ten-day (10) notice of all hearings related to
the case. The Commission is authorized to establish its own procedures
to investigate a grievance that it is hearing. All parties are due as
prompt a resolution of the matter as practicable.
After hearing and investigating a grievance, the Commission
may recommend a way of resolving the matter to the Chancellor, in which
case, the Chancellor shall act on the recommendations within thirty (30)
days. The Chancellor's decision on the recommendations shall be final
except that the Board of Regents at its option may grant a review on the
report upon the petition of the grievant or the Commission. See Faculty
Bylaws, Part III, Article XIII, Section 3.