TU's Faculty & Staff Relations team is available to consult with supervisors and employees who have questions/ concerns, or are seeking advice regarding job performance/expectations, workplace conduct or the interpretation of performance and conduct-related policies. This can include memos of counseling and disciplinary issues.
We are also available to assist with mediation of certain conflicts which may arise in the workplace. When an official dispute resolution procedure is not necessary or desired, mediation is a voluntary option which may be helpful to the parties.
This 5 minute video provides information to supervisors about policies related to vaccination, testing, and masking, and how to handle non-compliance from employees who report to them.
Additional information about consequences for unvaccinated individuals is found here.
Faculty who need additional guidance on how to handle student conduct related to masking in the classroom should refer to this document (pdf).
The grievance procedure allows faculty and staff to formally raise issues related to the terms and conditions of employment to the attention of university administration. The process is designed to utilize multiple steps in an effort to resolve disputes at the lowest level possible, without the need for further adjudication.
Faculty are encouraged to resolve grievances informally with their supervisors and deans. If the matter cannot be resolved at the department level, the faculty member has access to the faculty grievance procedure. Faculty may contact the HR Policy and Faculty/Staff Relations Unit at 410-704-2162 or nbarker AT_TOWSON for consultation and mediation. However, faculty should consult the Faculty Handbook for the official grievance procedure.
|The official grievance procedure|
|USM Policy II-4.00||Faculty grievances|
|TU Policy 02-04.00||Responsibilities and procedures of the faculty grievance, mediation, and hearing committees|
Staff members are also strongly encouraged to attempt to resolve grievances informally with their supervisors and department heads. However, if the matter cannot be resolved at the department level, the staff member can contact the HR Policy and Faculty/Staff Relations Unit at 410-704-2162 or nbarker AT_TOWSON for next steps.
Next steps may include consultation with OHR to facilitate the dispute and determine options for resolution, or processing through the internal steps of the grievance procedure. Finally, if the matter cannot be resolved within university administration, the staff member may appeal to the Office of Administrative Hearings for a formal hearing and decision on the matter.
|Grievances for nonexempt and exempt staff employees|