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Brown University, graduate student organizers finalize terms for Nov. 14-19 unionization vote

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Brown University finalized a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the student organization Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that establishes dates, times, locations and procedures for an election to determine whether or not eligible graduate students will be represented by a union. The MOU follows an Oct. 11 notice from SUGSE/AFT of their intent to file a petition to hold an election at the University, an action that has been expected since Brown and SUSGE finalized an agreement in June 2018 that set the terms for a possible union representation election. Read more.

New Graduate Student Grievance Procedures Adopted by Faculty

Changes to the Graduate Student Grievance Procedures in the Faculty Rules and Regulations were unanimously approved by the Brown University Faculty earlier this week. The revised policy was developed by a working group comprised of faculty, staff and graduate students. Important highlights of the policy include:

  • explicit time frames for responses to grievances
  • student involvement in the adjudication of grievances
  • clear distinctions between informal efforts and the formal grievance process
  • students are not required to attempt to resolve the complaint directly with the respondent

Read the revised policy.

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