Grievable issues are any alleged violation, questionable interpretation, or administration of any existing university regulation. A grievance is not a compliant against, or a request to amend, eliminate, or add to the regulations and procedures that govern the university system. The NSHE Code 5.7.2 states “A grievance is an act or omission to act by the respective administration of the System institution, allegedly resulting in an adverse impact on the employment conditions of a faculty member relating to salary, promotion, appointment with tenure or other aspects of contractual status, or relating to alleged violation of the code or institutional bylaws.
The burden of proof rests with the grievant who must document the violation of a governing document or process. The party against whom the grievance is filed is required to make a reasonable effort to rebut the grievants’ evidence. A grievance petition must be filed and pursuant in accordance with the following procedures. The grievant must file a completed grievance petition with all relevant documentation to the Senate Office within the established guidelines. The Faculty Senate shall determine the manner in which grievances are filed.
a) A grievance must be filed within fifteen calendar days from the date the faculty member becomes aware of the Grievable act, omission or violation and has exhausted all administrative remedies.
b) When a reconsideration process as defined in the NSHE Code Section 5.2.4 leads to a grievance, the grievance may be filed only after formal notification of the decision to the faculty member by the President.
For such grievances, the grievance must be filed within fifteen calendar days. In cases of merit, the deadline for filing a grievance will be fifteen calendar days after the publication of the merit list by the Faculty Senate Office.