Essential Guide

Essential information about the adjudication process at UW adjudication process. As the Faculty codebook 28-34 says, “the burden of proof with respect to claims made in the petition that commences an adjudication under this chapter is on the party filing the petition,” so the burden of finding the information on adjudication is also on the faculty themselves.

1. Adjudication overview

“A dispute may arise when an administrative decision, action, or inaction affects a faculty member’s terms, conditions, or course of employment, and the faculty member wishes to contest that decision.” (Source)

Chapter 28 of the Faculty Code sets forth adjudicative procedures to be used in resolving disputes involving faculty members that cannot be resolved by informal means. The adjudicative procedures in this chapter comply with the requirements of the Washington
Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 34.05 RCW).

There are two types of adjudication:

  • Brief adjudication: It is held before a hearing officer and used in cases that do not warrant an extended fact-finding hearing. E.g., a dispute like office assignment.
  • Comprehensive adjudication: It uses a hearing officer as well as a faculty panel, or in some cases, a faculty and student or staff panel. E.g., a formal appeal for P&T decision.

2. Adjudication filing procedures

a. To file an adjudication, you must first consult with the Secretary of the Faculty (secfac@uw.edu or 206.543.2637).

b. After you have done all the research, adjudications must be filed with the Secretary of the Faculty. A petition for adjudication has three components:

  • A Notice of Request for Adjudication, which is submitted as a cover page
  • A petition document as outlined in Section 28-36 of the Faculty Code
  • Attachments (any supporting documentation specifically referenced in or supplementary to the petition)

(For more details, please read this document)

c. Time window

Filing an adjudication petition must be done within ninety days: “Ninety days after the faculty member has received notice of the action, decision or inaction that gives rise to the faculty member’s right to an adjudication under Section 28-32, Subsection B“.

Check out Timeline of adjudication procedures

The proceedings go on for months.

3. Faculty adjudication panel

Appointed in accordance with Chapter 28 of the Faculty Code, the Faculty Adjudication Panel is a standing committee consisting of members of the faculty, selected broadly from the colleges, schools, and campuses, nominated by the Senate Executive Committee and approved by the Faculty Senate.  To be eligible, members must be voting faculty and emeritus faculty who were voting faculty at the time of retirement.

See the list of the panel members

4. Past adjudication panel reports

Past reports can be found from this page.

To note, the most recent report is dated as 2019. Those reports are highly edited, and not every case is included.

5. AAUP information about grievances and adjudication

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