A formal grievance procedure is available to faculty members to facilitate the redress of alleged infractions of Clemson faculty policies and procedures. Any person holding a faculty appointment at Clemson University, including academic administrators, may file a grievance under the procedure described in Part V. Grievance Procedures of the Faculty Manual. Category I grievances address such matters as dismissal, termination, unlawful discrimination, or violation of academic freedom. Category II grievances address unfair or improper application of administrative authority or allegations of lack of civility and/or lack of professional responsibility. In all cases the burden of proof rests on the faculty member who has filed the petition.
The Ombudsperson and Grievance Counselors SHOULD BE contacted directly. The Grievance Board and Senior Lecturer Consultants should NOT be contacted directly, that process is administered through the Program Coordinator within the Faculty Senate office. There is a roster of the Grievance Board, Senior Lecturer Consultants, Grievance Counselors, Ombudsperson, and Faculty Manual Editorial Consultant, which is published annually in the Faculty Senate Handbook.
R. Gordon Halfacre
Once each academic year, the Chair of the Grievance Board shall give the Faculty Senate a summary report concerning grievance activities.
Different from the University Grievance Procedure, is an alleged Violation of the Faculty Manual. If the procedures and policies outlined in the Faculty Manual have not been followed, a written and signed report should be made to the President of the Faculty Senate.
For full details, refer to the most recent Faculty Manual, Part II. Introduction, Section D. Alleged Violations of the Manual.