HR policy - Unclassified rules: 13.01 Academic Staff complaints

The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is governed by the Wisconsin Administrative Code - the rules adopted by the Board of Regents. These rules were promulgated in accordance with the rulemaking authority vested in the UW Board of Regents. These specific policies called "unclassified rules" provide for specific instances where the local institution may develop or add to the UWS rules. The UWL Policy number corresponds to the unclassified rule chapter number and section. For the entire UWS rules, visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws

 Functional Owner Chief Human Resources Officer
 Executive Sponsors Chancellor
 Policy Contact Chief Human Resources Officer


Who this policy applies to:
Academic Staff


Understanding the UWS Code:
The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is governed by the Wisconsin Administrative Code - the rules adopted by the Board of Regents. These rules were promulgated in accordance with the rulemaking authority vested in the UW Board of Regents. These specific policies called "unclassified rules" provide for specific instances where the local institution may develop or add to the UWS rules. The UWL Policy number corresponds to the unclassified rule chapter number and section. For the entire UWS rules, visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws

This specific policy is part of Chapter 13 of the UWS Code.  To review the UWS code, please visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/13


UWL Policy Detail:

(1) Responsibilities for Charges, Hearing Requests, Due Process, Procedural Guarantees: The Chancellor shall review and act on the types of complaint specified in this chapter by the procedures specified in UWS 11.02. The rules for request for a hearing shall be those specified under UWS 11.04. The rules for adequate due process and procedural guarantees shall be those specified under UWS 11.05, 11.06; UWL 11.05-11,07; and corresponding Academic Staff Council bylaws, while substituting in these rules for dismissal the concept of severe sanctions other than dismissal.

(2) Hearing Body: The standing committee to hear complaints shall be the same hearing body established under UWS 11.03, by UWL 11.03, and the Academic Staff Council bylaws. (X, A).

(3) Procedures and Recommendations: At least two-thirds of the members hearing the case must concur in a finding of misconduct and in a recommendation of severe sanctions if such a finding and recommendation are to be reported to the Chancellor. Otherwise, a finding of no serious misconduct warranting severe sanctions shall be reported. The hearing body may by majority vote of those hearing the case recommend a minor sanction. If the hearing body finds sanctions are not warranted, it shall recommend dismissal of the complaint. The hearing body may recommend referral to appropriate officials or groups for informal resolution of remaining issues.

(a) The hearing body shall transmit its finding of fact and recommendations in writing to the Chancellor and the academic staff member involved within ten calendar days after the conclusion of its proceedings.

(b) Following the final decision of the Chancellor, the academic staff member involved shall not be charged again for the same instance(s) of alleged misconduct.

(c) Within ten calendar days after the transmittal of the findings and recommendations of the hearing body, the academic staff member or the complainant may file written objections with the Chancellor.

(d) Any objections must be based solely on the record as developed at the hearing before the hearing body.

(e) The Chancellor shall render a decision as soon as practical after the expiration of this latter ten-day period and shall transmit the decision to the academic staff member, the complainant, and the hearing body. If the Chancellor does not accept the committee recommendation, he/she shall provide for the hearing body a written statement of the reasons for his/her disagreement. Failure to accept the hearing body's recommendations shall be rare, and the reasons compelling.

(4) Board Review: Policies and procedures for board review of dismissal for cause of a member of the academic staff are specified in UWS 11.10.


Revision history:
Last reviewed was July 2020


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Keywords:academic staff complaints   Doc ID:103819
Owner:John A.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-07-09 09:43 CDTUpdated:2020-07-15 08:27 CDT
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