Conflict Resolution

While the members of the UCLA community strive to fulfill the University's mission with mutual respect for individuals and ethical values and conduct, conflicts may arise for many reasons, including violations of codes of conduct, violations of policies, violations of professional rights, interpretations of policy or bylaws, or academic differences. 

The sections below offer a guide to resources and pathways for addressing concerns about faculty conduct, grievances by Academic Senate faculty who believe their rights have been violated, and grading (evaluation) grievances by students.

The Academic Senate represents the faculty in all matters dealing with shared governance.  The Senate has authority over its own organization and is delegated authority by the Regents over such matters as curriculum development, degree and enrollment requirements, and programs (establishment, disestablishment, and review). The Academic Senate also has a formal advisory role in personnel matters, including grievances by faculty and charges against faculty. The Academic Senate "judicial" committees have authority over these processes.

If you have a general question about grievances or charges not answered by the information provided below, please email: governance@senate.ucla.edu

If you have a concern about a Senate regulation, degrees, curriculum, or other matter under the authority of Senate bylaws and regulations, please send an email to senateoffice@senate.ucla.edu

CONSULTATION

The Grievance Advisory Committee (GAC) is a panel of Senate faculty advisors who are available to help assess paths for informal resolution, discuss a Senate member's claim of violation of rights and privileges and to provide guidance on the procedures for filing or responding to charges.

CHARGES

The Academic Senate has the authority to receive charges from any member of the UCLA community who believes that a Senate faculty member has violated the UC Faculty Code of Conduct.

The Charges Committee has the responsibility to determine whether probable cause of a violation of the Faculty Code of Conduct has occurred.

GRIEVANCES

Academic Senate Faculty may file a grievance with the Committee on Privilege and Tenure if they believe their professional rights as faculty may have been violated. A grievance is intended for seeking an administrative resolution and is not a charge against an individual.

GRADING / EVALUATION GRIEVANCES

An undergraduate or graduate student who believes they have received a grade or evaluation for other than academic reasons may file a grading grievance.

The grading grievance process does not apply if you simply disagree with the grade you received. 

OTHER RESOURCES


NON-SENATE FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS

Non-Senate Academic Appointees

Postdoctoral Scholars

Teaching Assistants, Readers and other Academic Appointees covered by a Contract:

STAFF

STUDENTS