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Type: University Policy
Division: Human Resources
Classification: GOVERNANCE & LEGAL

Contact Phone Number: 503-838-8490
Contact Email Address: hr@wou.edu

TITLE
Purpose and General Explanation
POLICY NUMBER
GL-05-050
RESPONSIBLE OFFICER UNIVERSITY CONTACT
Vice President and General Counsel The Office of Human Resources
SUMMARY
APPLICABLE TO
The WOU Community
DEFINITIONS
AUTHORITY
FULL STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY

POLICY STATEMENT

(1) This procedure is established for the purpose of assuring all unclassified professional employees at Western Oregon University of the right to have their grievances receive fair, orderly and expeditious consideration. The emphasis is on solving problems in a collegial manner. The procedure encourages settlement of disputes at the lowest possible level by direct communications between conflicting parties.

(2) Any unclassified professional employee of Western Oregon University has the right to file a grievance if the employee believes that an unjust or inequitable act or omission has occurred, in violation of established institution written policies/procedure, state statute or rule. Disciplinary sanctions are imposed in accordance with OAR 580-021-0320 and shall not be subject to this grievance procedure.

(3) This right is in addition to that of an employee to appeal to the Employee Relations Board in accordance with the rules of that agency.

(4) At any step of the grievance procedure, an employee may be represented or assisted by anyone of his/her choosing. The expense for such representation shall be borne by the employee.

(5) Time limitations are provided for each step to assure quick response to the grievance. These limitations may be extended by mutual consent of the parties when placed in writing and attached to the written grievance.

(6) Once an employee has invoked the grievance procedure, he/she shall not be required to participate in any discussion of that grievance with a Supervisor or agent of the employer without the presence of his/her representative.

(7) If the Grievant is entitled to a contested case procedure, the Grievant may elect to use that procedure.

REFERENCED OR RELATED POLICIES
RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
HISTORY
APPROVAL DATE:
EFFECTIVE DATE:
LAST UPDATED: 09/22/2016

HISTORICAL DETAIL NOTES:

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351

Stats. Implemented: ORS 351

Hist.: OCE 1-1980, f. & ef. 4-15-80; WOSC 3-1988, f. & cert. ef. 12-15-88; WOU 2-1997, f. & cert. ef. 5-28-97



SOURCE:    Previously Referred to as: WOU OAR 574-010-0065
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unclassified employees, grievances

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