The University encourages employees to act to resolve disagreements or misunderstandings that may arise in the course of employment. If it is not possible to resolve concerns through informal discussion among the individuals involved, the employee may pursue resolution through the appropriate grievance/appeal process. The grievance process is designed to address and resolve problems, not to be an adversarial process. It can:
- Facilitate conversations
- Clarify expectations
- Clarify rights
The State Classified Performance Management Program has its own separate process. An employee wishing to initiate the process for Dispute Resolution (Internal Review) must advise her/his supervisor, using the CSU Performance Management Dispute Resolution Form within three working days of the event which has resulted in the disagreement.
A copy of the completed form must be submitted to the Department Chair or Department Head of the employee’s unit and to the Human Resource Services Director’s Office.
Forms and guidance for the State Classified Performance Management Dispute Process can be found in the Performance Management User Guide , p. 20.
The State Employee Protection Act (Whistleblower) prohibits discipline or penalty against a state employee in retaliation for the employee’s disclosure of state agency actions that violate the public interest. An employee in the state personnel system must file a whistleblower complaint within 10 days of the discipline or penalty.
The State Personnel Board hears and decides appeals of state employees. Appeals may involve disciplinary actions (such as terminations, suspensions, demotions, and pay reductions), non-disciplinary actions (such as layoffs and administrative discharges), discrimination charges, whistleblower claims, and other issues. The Board can only reverse or modify an agency decision if that decision was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to rule or law.
Colorado law applies strict deadlines to the filing of appeals. All appeals must be filed within 10 days from the date of the action being appealed. The filing date of the appeal is the date it was postmarked, hand-delivered, or received by fax at the Board's office.