The Staff Grievance Procedure is available to any classified employee working at least
.5 FTE (full-time equivalency) who has completed the provisional employment period.
The Staff Grievance Procedure is not available to temporary employees, faculty, students
or non-University employees (consultants, contractors, etc.).
The Staff Grievance Procedure may be used by an eligible employee to bring a grievance about:
- Employee suspension
- Employee dismissal/termination (unless during the 6-month provisional period)
- Employee demotion or salary reduction
The Staff Grievance Procedure may not be used to bring a grievance about:
- Promotional decisions
- Normal supervisory counseling
- Performance evaluations
- Hiring decisions\
- Compensation appeals
- Challenges to pay grade or salary decisions
- Challenges to transfers or reassignments
- Termination or layoff due to reduction in force or lack of work
- Investigations or decisions reached under KSU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Non-Discrimination Policy
- Teleworking or Alternative Work Schedule
- Organization of a department or allocation of its resources
- Termination of grant funding
Grievances like concerns or complaints regarding allegations of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status should be referred directly to the Kennesaw State University Office of Institutional Equity.
If an employee wishes to file a grievance, they must do so in writing within 10 business
days. Human Resources or the Office of Institutional Equity staff will assist staff
in the filing of a grievance and will provide the specific policy, process, time requirements,
and related information.
The grievance is not resolved through administrative channels, the aggrieved employee may submit a written request to the President for an impartial Board of Review to be appointed to hear the appeal. The aggrieved employee must submit the written request to the President within fifteen (15) business days from the date of notice that the administrative review process is complete.
The President shall, within 10 business days after receiving a written request, appoint, or have appointed in accordance with the approved and written grievance procedures, a three member impartial Board of Review to hear appeals from employees.
The recommendation of the Board of Review shall be forwarded to the President for
final decision. The President's decision will be final at the institutional level.
If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee, he or she may file an application for review, in writing, to the Board of Regents within twenty (20) calendar days following the written decision of the President. The Board of Regents reserves discretionary authority to review all decisions made by the member institutions. The Board of Regents normally will only review extraordinary cases, such as those where proper procedures may have been violated, where the decision is unsupported by the facts, or where the decision violates University or Board of Regents policy.