The Committee on Reconciliation is composed of eight tenured faculty members eligible for membership in the Faculty Senate. Faculty appointed to administrative positions with responsibility for recommending promotions, salary adjustments, and distribution of teaching, research, and extension assignments are ineligible for membership.
The function of this committee is to offer advice and counsel to faculty members who seek it, particularly in relation to disputes with immediate supervisors or university administrators. The Committee on Reconciliation has a special function within the formal grievance process. It can help facilitate conversations between faculty members and their supervisors, with the goal of reaching mutually agreeable solutions. The committee can also assist faculty members in negotiating difficult situations or providing advice in relation to issues that are not eligible for resolution through the grievance process.
Faculty members submit requests for reconciliation concurrently to the provost's office and the chair of the Committee on Reconciliation in the context of an actual or pending grievance, or directly to the chair of the Committee on Reconciliation concerning issues that may not be eligible for a grievance. Cooperation and candor from all members of the university community are prerequisite to the successful functioning of the Committee on Reconciliation in investigating serious and delicate cases. Confidential information concerning personnel and academic issues may be shared with the committee; it keeps no written records and treats all matters with utmost sensitivity.