12.03 Merit System Grievance and Appeals Procedure


To provide a process by which grievances of merit employees concerning terms of employment and working conditions will be considered and resolved.

 Policy Statement

Merit employees in non-temporary positions may file a grievance regarding the interpretation or application of institutional rules governing terms of employment or working conditions or the provisions of the Regents Merit System Rules. Employees should contact the Office of Compliance and Equity Management for situations alleging discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other protected category under applicable federal, state or local law.


Employees are encouraged to first discuss the issue with their immediate supervisor. Human Resource Services may also be contacted to informally discuss an issue prior to beginning the formal grievance process. 

Merit staff grievances will be handled in accordance with the procedures set forth in Regents Merit System Rule 681-3.129 (8A) Grievances at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/03-21-2012.681.3.pdf


Related University Policies:

13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

13.19 Retaliation and Misconduct Reporting 


This policy revision is effective July 1, 2017.


Human Resource Services, approved April 19, 2017
President’s Cabinet, approved May 8, 2017
President and Executive Management Team, approved June 14, 2017