The Bylaws of the Faculty Council of the School of Medicine contemplate that, in most cases, a faculty member should consult with his or her division head, department chair or the Dean in an attempt to resolve a grievance or complaint before resorting to other avenues of review. If such consultation is inappropriate or impractical for some reason, or if no satisfactory resolution is reached through those means, then the Faculty Rights Committee is responsible for reviewing grievances of Medical School faculty except for (a) claims relating to compensation, which are to be reviewed under the departmental and Medical School faculty compensation plan appeals procedures already in place; and (b) claims of violation of academic freedom, which are to be reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom as set forth in Section VII.C. of the Washington University Policy on Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure.

The Faculty Rights Committee also serves as the standing committee at the School of Medicine responsible for reviewing the claim of a faculty member on probationary appointment that he or she has received inadequate or unfair consideration in terms of the relevant standards of the school, as required by Section VI.B.I.e. of the Washington University Policy on Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure.

A faculty member wishing to address a complaint or grievance to the Faculty Rights Committee should send it to the current chair of the Faculty Council, who also serves as the chair of the Faculty Rights Committee.

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