Student Academic Appointee Mediation & Grievances

A Student Academic Appointee (SAA) is entitled to appeal actions or conditions affecting their role, including such matters as dismissal, academic freedom, reappointment, and the nature and conditions of work. Issues regarding discrimination should be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity. In appeals of research misconduct, however, the SAA should consult with the Research Integrity Officer, in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Student Academic Appointees are encouraged to seek redress of grievances at the departmental and/or unit level. Beginning at that level and progressing to higher administrative levels only when redress is not obtained facilitates the appeal process and increases the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached at the department or unit level, the appeal may be taken to the Student Academic Appointee Mediation Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council, and, ultimately, to the Student Academic Appointee Board of Review.

Understanding the Process

If you have questions about where to start, our Faculty Council Offices staff will be happy to connect you with the appropriate committee chair. The process for SAAs seeking redress from a grievance through the Bloomington Faculty Council is illustrated in the link below.

 SAA Grievance Process Overview