565 Staff Grievances

565.1 Scope.

A constructive work environment accommodates discourse between employees and their supervisors. Indiana State University encourages employees to bring forward concerns about work-related issues in a constructive and orderly way. It is the responsibility of supervisors to interact with those whom they supervise in a clear, fair, consistent, and professional manner. It is the responsibility of all University employees to perform their assigned tasks competently and diligently.

565.2 Responsible Office.

The Office of Human Resources is responsible for implementation of the Staff Grievance process and any related procedures.

565.3 Informal Resolution.

The Office of Human Resource will first work with both parties to resolve the situation informally.

565.4 Support Person.

The grievant is entitled to have a support person present at each step of the grievance process. The specific rules and procedures related to the grievant’s representatives shall be set forth in University procedures related to this policy.

565.5 Privacy.

Information generated in the course of reviews of grievances brought under this policy will be kept private. Any person who improperly reveals such information will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal.

565.6 Allegations of Discrimination. 

Allegations of discriminatory behavior as set forth in 921 Americans with Disabilities Policy922 Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking, and 923 Discrimination and Harassment Policy will be forwarded to the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office for investigation and resolution.

565.7 No Retaliation. 

In order that employees may express opinions and views freely and responsibly, this policy prohibits any act of reprisal against a University employee for filing a grievance or against other persons for participating in the grievance process. Such acts of reprisal constitute in themselves violations of this policy and will result in prompt disciplinary action that may include dismissal.

565.8 Frivolous Grievance. 

It is a violation of this policy to file a frivolous grievance, a grievance based on false or misleading information, or to harass any employee.  Any person filing a frivolous grievance, a grievance based on misleading information, or harassing any employee concerning a grievance will be subject to disciplinary action, that may include dismissal.

Policy 565 was added, in its entirety, by the Board of Trustees on May 6, 2016.