The grievance policy for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is established for current students and former students within one year of the date of graduation, withdrawal or dismissal (each, a “grievant”). The Dean of the Carey Business School serves as the final reviewer and adjudicator of grievances and may initially delegate grievances and other related issues to an Ad Hoc Committee to provide further facts and recommendations for the Dean’s final decision.

  1. Introduction

    A grievant may initiate a grievance for an adverse action or failure to act, or for a violation of University or School policy. Typically, a complaint or dispute is brought to the attention of the faculty member, staff member, or Associate/Vice Dean and is resolved through discussion and mutual agreement between the parties involved. In many instances, grievances are resolved informally without implementing the formal grievance procedure. Any student who wishes to seek resolution of a grievance through the informal process is encouraged to contact his/her academic advisor for the informal grievance procedure. This is an available but optional way to potentially resolve a grievance without a formal process. A formal process exists in the event that mutual agreement cannot be reached through discussion and informal procedures. The formal procedure is not meant to supplement attempts at resolving grievances or other complaints through informal means. When at all possible, complaints and disputes should be settled at the lowest possible level through informal discussion, though there are no circumstances under which a grievance must be settled informally.

    The procedures presented here are to be applied only after every effort has been made to settle disputes informally. Whether settled informally or formally, the grievance procedure should move expeditiously without sacrificing the integrity of the process. Nothing in this document should be construed to impinge upon the responsibilities of any office and/or regularly constituted body of the University. Moreover, no action may be taken with respect to a grievance that would conflict with or modify any policy approved by the Board of Trustees of the University, any policy of the University or CBS, or any federal, state, or local law or regulation, or any contract to which the University is a party.

    In the case of a formal grievance, written communication (including all details and supporting documents) should be sent to:

    Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Office of the Dean Suite
    1202, 100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202.

    In the sole case of a formal grievance against the Dean, written communication (including all details and supporting documents) should be sent to:

    Office of the Provost, 265 Garland Hall,
    3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

  2. Definitions

    A grievance is a complaint that alleges a person has been adversely affected in his/her professional or educational activities within CBS as a result of an arbitrary or capricious act, or failure to act, or a violation of a University or School procedure by a faculty member, staff supervisor, or other administrator or administrative body.

    A grievant is a person defined in the first paragraph above who brings a grievance pursuant to this procedure.

    An Ad Hoc Committee, may be selected by the Dean may be selected to hear any grievance if the Dean requires additional insights to aid in reaching a decision. The Ad Hoc Committee shall consist of at least one member of the advising staff, one member of the Management Council other than the Dean, and one faculty member. Additional staff, faculty, or other subject matter experts from the School or University may be added at the Dean’s discretion. The members of the Committee shall be made known to the grievant. If the grievant believes that any member of the Ad Hoc Committee has a conflict of interest, he or she may make a request to the Dean that the individual not participate.

    Any such request should include a description of the alleged conflict. The decision of the Dean as to membership of the Ad Hoc Committee is final.

  3. Limits on Scope of Policy

    Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status are to be referred to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity, and are not addressed by this procedure.

    Disputes that are purely personal in nature and do not involve professional or educational activities are not addressed by this procedure.

    A complaint pertaining to issues within the purview of any other committee or administrator or policy or procedure of the University or CBS are not addressed by this procedure, unless the complaint arises from a committee's or administrator’s alleged failure to act on or comply with a properly issued directive by the or administrator pursuant to a policy or procedure of the University or CBS.

    Disputes involving grades or other evaluation of academic work (excluding probation decisions) may be addressed by this procedure only if the applicable official evaluation procedure is alleged by the grievant to have been conducted in an arbitrary or capricious manner.

    Grievances that are subject to the procedures outlined in the Johns Hopkins Personnel Policy Manual are not addressed by this procedure.

  4. Procedures

    a. In the event that informal discussion fails to resolve a dispute, the grievant may initiate formal grievance procedures. The formal grievance must be submitted to the Office of the Dean in writing, signed and dated by the grievant. The statement should include (1) a factual description of the complaint or dispute resulting in the grievance; (2) the name of the person(s) against whom the grievance is initiated; (3) a brief description of all informal attempts at resolution; and (4) any other information that the grievant believes to be relevant or helpful. The grievant should attach to the written complaint a copy of any relevant documentation in his/her possession.

    b. All grievances will be handled as confidentially as possible. The grievant is cautioned that initiation of a grievance is a serious matter and must not be undertaken in bad faith or over trivial matters. If a grievance is found to have been maliciously motivated or based on false evidence, the Dean may take appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible. If the grievance, however incorrect or unsupportable, is initiated in good faith, no disciplinary action will be taken against the grievant and appropriate measures will be taken to protect the grievant from retaliation. A grievant may formally withdraw their grievance in writing to the Office of the Dean, however the University or the School may still pursue the matter in its own interests.

    c. Upon receipt of the written grievance, if there is a grievable issue, the Dean will review the matter and consider whether informal attempts at resolution should be initiated or reinitiated. If the Dean finds that attempts at informal resolution have been exhausted and/or are unlikely to lead to resolution, the Dean will act directly on the grievance or establish an Ad Hoc Committee to provide an initial review, fact finding, or recommendation to resolve the matter. If the Dean establishes an Ad Hoc Committee to review the grievance, the Ad Hoc Committee will assemble all relevant documentation and facts. The Ad Hoc Committee will notify the person(s) against whom the grievance is filed, and will provide them a copy of the grievant statement. The Ad Hoc Committee will assemble all relevant documentation and facts. It may interview and take statements from witnesses, request information in writing from the grievant and respondent(s), convene a hearing, and/or invite the grievant, respondent and/or other witnesses to come before the Ad Hoc Committee. On the basis of the assembled information, the Ad Hoc Committee will attempt to identify a resolution of the grievance in a manner appropriate to the circumstances and report to the Dean.

    d. The Dean must receive a summary of the Ad Hoc Committee’s findings (with any dissention indicated) and have an opportunity to consult with the Ad Hoc Committee.

    e. The Dean will issue a written determination of the grievance to the grievant within thirty days (30) of the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee or for cases in which the Dean acts directly without an Ad Hoc Committee, within thirty (30) days of the date of receipt of the grievant’s complaint.

    The decision of the Dean (or Provost in the case of a grievance against the Dean), will be the final University action in this matter.

    This policy may be updated at any time and the current policy will be posted at