The goal of informal resolution is to resolve the concerns at the earliest stage possible. The recipient of the signed allegation shall attempt to resolve the matter informally within twenty-one days of receiving the allegation. Informal resolution of the matter may result in withdrawal of the complaint by the complainant prior to the matter reaching the Committee on Charges or may result in a formal settlement, including conditions or the acceptance of disciplinary sanction(s) by the accused Faculty member (SBL 336.C). In cases where a settlement resolving disciplinary charges is entered into after a matter has been referred to the Committee on Privilege and Tenure, the Chancellor shall meet with the Chair of the Committee on Privilege and Tenure prior to finalizing the settlement.
If efforts to resolve the matter informally within twenty-one days prove unsatisfactory to the complainant and/or the accused Faculty member, the recipient of the signed allegation shall forward the signed allegation to the next step in the process as soon as an impasse has been reached, along with his or her written statement describing the efforts to resolve the matter informally and the reasons for forwarding the matter. When the file is forwarded, a copy of the recipient's written statement shall be provided to the complainant and the accused Faculty member.(Am 20 Feb 07)