Committee on Conciliation

The Committee on Conciliation shall have jurisdiction to make inquiry and to meet and discuss any problem involving any member of the General Faculty in his or her relationship with the University. This committee may consult and advise but shall not conduct hearings. It shall be the duty of the committee, after careful investigation, to offer advice to the person or persons involved. Following the completion of the conciliation process, the President of the University shall be informed of the results. In addition, if conciliation has been unsuccessful, both parties shall be notified accordingly in writing with the member being advised that the grievance at issue may be presented to the Grievance Clearinghouse Committee for assignment.

Membership Requirements

The Committee on Conciliation shall be composed of six members who are tenured or continuing members of the General Faculty other than deans of any rank, elected by the Faculty Senate by secret ballot upon nomination by the Nominating Committee or other members of the General Faculty, which shall furnish twice as many names as persons to be elected. Not more than one member of any College Faculty shall be on the committee at any one time. The term of membership shall be two years. Three persons shall be elected each year. The chair of the committee shall be elected by the committee from among those in at least their second year on the committee. Members may be re-elected to this committee.  At the request of the President of the University or of a College Faculty or of any member of the General Faculty who has a grievance and has failed to resolve the matter through discussing the same with the appropriate department head or dean, the committee shall act expeditiously. In the event that the committee is of the opinion that the case load is so great that undue delay will be experienced, the committee may direct that temporary members be selected by the chair from a pool of names provided by the Nominating Committee or other members of the General Faculty, which shall contain not less than twice the number of names as there are temporary members to be selected. The Committee on Conciliation shall conduct its business in meetings rather than hearings, and participation by legal counsel will generally be discouraged.

Grievance Flowchart Process

Informal Grievance Process

  1. This chart represents informal and administrative grievance processes. Grievants are strongly encouraged to attempt to resolve their grievance through the Ombuds program, information mediation sponsored by Human Resources, and then exhaust all administrative remedies whenever possible.
  2. The Ombuds program provides informal assistance to prevent or resolve disputes or problems in a neutral setting, to facilitate communication, to preserve or improve working relationships, and to create a better working environment.
  3. Informal Mediation, sponsored by Human Resources, provides neutral, trained mediators from the University community. Those who elect to use this process are provided an opportunity to share their uninterrupted point of view. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong; instead, the mediator helps people understand the conflict and brainstorm options to solve it.

    Individuals should contact Human Resources (HR) for an appointment with an HR Employee Advisor (520-621-8298; HR-employeeadvising@email.arizona.edu). HR Employee Advising offers faculty and staff a safe and confidential space to seek guidance on work-related concerns, conflicts or challenges. Many situations can be resolved through this process. If mediation is required, HR can provide a referral for securing access to a trained mediator.

  4. Should informal mediation through the Ombuds program and Human Resources fail, faculty member should then exhaust all administrative remedies whenever possible before filing it with the Faculty Center for review by the Grievance Clearinghouse Committee. Please note that the administrative steps may vary depending on the College. Consult the organizational chart of your College. In most cases, a grievance with a Department Head is reviewed by a Vice-Dean. If the Vice-Dean is unable to resolve the grievance or if the grievant disagrees with the decision, the grievant may then appeal to the Dean. If the Dean’s decision is described as final, it cannot be appealed, and the administrative steps have been exhausted. The grievant may then submit his or her petition to the GCC. 

Grievance Process

To submit a grievance to the GCC, fill out a petition. The GCC may suggest administrative or informal resolution or decline to forward the grievance to CAFT or the Committee on Conciliation, as outlined in the Bylaws

  1. The Committee on Conciliation has jurisdiction to make inquiry and discuss issues. They consult and advise but do not conduct hearings. If conciliation is not successful, within 30 days the grievant may refer the issue back to GCC.
  2. If the GCC declines to forward a grievance to CAFT, as outlined in the Bylaws, the grievant may appeal that decision to a group of neutral faculty appointed by the Chair of the Faculty. With the recommendation of this group, the GCC may then choose either to affirm the decision to decline to send the grievance forward or overrule that decision and send the grievance to CAFT.
  3. CAFT reviews grievances referred to them and determines whether or not to recommend a formal hearing. Cases with suspension or dismissal; or with adverse decisions on promotion, tenure, continuing status, or nonrenewal as a result of allegedly discriminatory or unconstitutional action; or for release from employment [ABOR 6‐201L] automatically receive a CAFT hearing.
  4. Following the formal hearing, CAFT forwards their recommendation to the President, who makes the final decision. The President’s decision may be appealed, under certain conditions. See the Bylaws for more information.
  5. If the GCC declines to forward a grievance to CAFT, as outlined in the Bylaws, the grievant may appeal that decision to a group of neutral faculty appointed by the Chair of the Faculty. With the recommendation of this group, the GCC may then choose either to affirm the decision to decline to send the grievance forward or overrule that decision and send the grievance to CAFT.

Committee Resources

Upcoming Meetings 

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Membership List

Professor

2020 to 2022

Associate Professor

Director, Sleep and Health Research Program

Committee Vice Chair
2021 to 2023

Professor

2020 to 2022

Associate Professor

2020 to 2022

Professor

2021 to 2023
*Faculty Senate Member

Professor

Chair, Committee on Conciliation
2021 to 2023