The Academic Rights and Responsibilities Committee and its responsibilities were created by the UNL Academic Senate, are described in the Syllabus of Campus-wide Committees, and are approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Its foundational instruction, set forth in Section 3.4 of the UNL Bylaws, gives the ARRC both informational and quasi-judicial responsibilities.
The ARRC has significant responsiblity to ensure that faculty members and administrators are appropriately apprised of rights, responsibilities, principles and procedures pertaining to matters of professional relationships.
The ARRC has primary responsibility to ensure and to arrange an appropriate investigation or hearing when concerns or problems arise between a faculty member and the University and/or when concerns or problems related to academic freedom and tenure, grievance and professional conduct occur in the professional relationships between faculty members and others in the University community, as stated in the Syllabus of Campus-wide Committees and the Bylaws of the Board of Regents.
Procedures of the Academic Rights and Responsibilities Committee:
Academic Rights and Responsibilities Procedures: Procedures for Handling Matters of Academic Freedom and Tenure, Grievance, and Professional Conduct
Professional Conduct A (PC-A): Complaints by any person charging a member of the profesional staff with professional misconduct.
Grievance: Complaints made by any faculty member alleging any grievance.
Academic Freedom and Tenure A: Complaints made by any faculty member alleging any procedural or substantive grievance that constitutes an allegation that action taken, or threatened, violates the complainant's academic freedom or academic tenure.
Academic Freedom and Tenure B: Complaints filed by the President or by the Board of Regents against any member of the faculty seeking to terminate his or her Continuous Appointment, Appointment for a Specific Term prior to the termination date stated in the appointment, or Special Appointment prior to its termination date.