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Grievance and Mediation Policy - Staff (Non-Represented)

This policy applies only to non-represented staff employees.

The University of Vermont is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.  It is the policy of the University to foster and encourage open communication and harmonious working relationships. The University is committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace atmosphere where all employees are encouraged to seek solutions to workplace concerns through open communication with appropriate levels of management. Disagreements are normal and sometimes even healthy for an organization. People should feel free to respectfully express differences of opinion and constructively address and resolve them. All employees are encouraged to participate in informal problem solving in the workplace by demonstrating an ability and willingness to listen, to be flexible with problem-solving and to raise matters for discussion with the appropriate decision-makers. The Mediation Process provides a forum in which parties can freely talk while addressing mutual concerns and the Grievance Process provides a means to address allegations that actions taken by management are impermissible under University policies.

Available Resources:

For additional information regarding the Grievance and Mediation Policy - Staff (Non-Represented) please contact the Grievance Coordinator in Human Resource Services at 656-3150 or

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are volunteer, non-represented University staff members who have been trained by the Office of Human Resource Services and assist other non-represented staff who may be thinking of filing a grievance and/or may be requesting mediation. Peer Advisors are appointed through a formal university wide nomination process conducted by the Staff Council and overseen by the Staff Council President. Each Peer Advisor serves a two-year term with the posibility of reappointment. A Peer Advisor may not be a spouse, partner in civil union or other relative to the parties involved in Mediation or a Grievance and may not be an attorney. A Peer Advisor helps a Grievant analyze the situation, suggest strategies for addressing disputes, helps identify gaps in information and resources for finding information, and assists in case preparation. A Peer Advisor may be utilized at any point, including during the Mediation or Grievance Process at the Grievant’s discretion. A Peer Advisor may offer advice and may attend mediation meetings and hearings (without voice). If a Peer Advisor is involved in supporting a staff member through the Grievance Process, including mediation, the Respondent may not refuse the Peer Advisor’s presence. A Peer Advisor may attend non-grievance related meetings at the discretion of the Grievant and the Respondent.

For more information on the role of the Peer Advisor, please review the Grievance and Mediation Policy - Staff (Non-Represented).

Current Peer Advisors

  • Pam Carter, Medicine, Rheumatology
  • Sharon Mone, Academic Support Programs
  • Michelle Smith, Capital Planning & Management
  • Sydnee Viray, Graduate College

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the Grievance Coordinator in Human Resource Services at 656-3150 or or the Staff Council Office at 656-4493 or






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