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7.10.5 Informal Resolution and Screening of Grievances and Charges Brought by One Faculty Member Against Another

Every attempt shall be made by the Advisory Committee to promote the equitable resolution of disputes without resort to a hearing. If unable to bring about the informal resolution of a grievance, the Advisory Committee shall assess whether it raises a matter described in section 7.10.4.a above, and consider whether it has a reasonable possibility of being sustained on the merits by a hearing panel. If the grievance is found to meet both conditions, the matter shall be referred to the Grievance Committee for a possible hearing, and the Advisory Committee shall inform the faculty member about the further procedures applicable to such matters. No grievance shall go forward to a hearing unless the Advisory Committee decides that it raises a matter described in section 7.10.4.a, and that it has a reasonable possibility of being sustained on its merits. Unless an extension is granted by the Chair of the Grievance Committee upon a showing of good cause, the Advisory Committee shall make its decision within 45 days of the referral of a grievance to it. The members of an Advisory Committee panel considering a matter shall not participate as advocates at any later stage of the proceeding.

If unable to bring about the informal resolution of a charge brought by one faculty member against another, the Advisory Committee shall assess whether it raises a matter described in section 7.9.2 above, and consider whether it has a reasonable possibility of being sustained on the merits. If the charge is considered to meet both conditions, it shall be referred to the Provost, and the Chair of the Grievance Committee shall be informed. The decision as to whether any charges of professional misconduct will be initiated rests with the Provost.