The Student Faculty Committee on Grievances

See also OAR 571-003-0006. The following information is taken from Motion US00/01-6 which revises the charges to the standing University Committees.



The responsibilities of the Student-Faculty Committee on Grievances shall, as designated by OAR 571-03-006, be to: (1) Make itself readily accessible to all members of the University community, and determine in each case whether a particular grievance falls within its jurisdiction; (2) Receive complaints or grievances against officers of instruction, officers of research, or officers of administration, arising out of their responsibilities as officers of the institution; (3) Investigate and review these complaints or grievances in an informal manner, affording full opportunity to the concerned faculty member to be heard; (4) Attempt to resolve differences or adjust grievances in an amicable fashion consistent with the understanding of the parties and the best interests of the University; and, (5) Issue such findings and recommendations (furnishing copies to the persons concerned) to either the President (if the grievance was initiated by a faculty member) or the appropriate Vice President (if the grievance was initiated by a student) as appear appropriate under the circumstances. The complete operating procedures for the committee are described in OAR 571-03-006.


The membership of the Student-Faculty Committee on Grievances is fixed by OAR Statute (OAR 571-03-006 (1)) and shall be composed of an equal number of students and faculty. Suggested membership is 3 faculty and 3 students.


The Student-Faculty Committee on Grievances shall report to the Administration and to the University Senate. At a minimum the report to the University Senate shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.

See also US01/02-4 which is a process for filling vacancies on elected committees:

7.1 Since 1991-92, all non-elected committees established by faculty legislation are appointed by the Committee on Committees, a committee appointed by the University Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty shall coordinate the elections of faculty to elective committees. The secretary shall arrange for the filling of vacancies on elected committees and councils by notifying the next eligible candidate, determined in descending order of the number of votes received in the most recent election for the relevant committee or council. If no eligible candidate is available to fill the vacancy, the Senate Executive Committee, with advice and recommendations from the Committee on Committees, shall appoint an eligible faculty member to fill the vacancy until the next regular election cycle. Filling a vacancy shall not preclude the appointee from standing for election to the same committee or council during the next election cycle if eligible. 

Reports to the Senate

For the most part, given the confidential nature of the cases the committee deals with, the committee either provides no reports or purely proforma reports to the Senate:
  • May 2000
  • June 2009


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