Have a grievance you’d like to air out? Look no further than this editorial for instructions on how to do just that! Grievances can range from concerns about diversity in our content to incorrect attributions and negative staff interactions. Listed below are the exact steps you’ll need to follow to submit a grievance to the editor or the Board of Campus Publications.
Anyone having a grievance with an editorial decision or policy of a publication under the supervision of the Board of Campus Publications is asked to follow this procedure:
1. Write a letter to the publication’s editor describing the grievance and suggesting action for the editor to take. If the complainant wishes that the letter to the editor not be printed in the publication, such a wish must be explicitly stated in the letter.
2. If the complainant is not satisfied with the editor’s response, they may write to the adviser of Campus Publications within five academic days of the editor’s response. The adviser will arrange a joint meeting of the involved staff persons and the complainant in order to resolve the situation or, if the complainant wishes, the adviser will meet with the complainant only. The results of such meetings will be documented for the Board of Campus Publications, the complainant, and the editors involved.
3. If the complainant is still not satisfied and wishes to take their case to the Board of Campus Publications, they may do so by writing to the chair (or, if one has yet to be elected, the convener) of the Board of Campus Publications within five academic days of the meeting with the adviser. If the complainant wants a response from the committee, that wish must be explicitly stated in the letter.
4. The chair will arrange for the complainant’s grievance to appear on the next agenda of the Board of Campus Publications meeting. The complainant may be present at the meeting (notified by the adviser). The Board will respond to the complainant within five days of this meeting.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to submit a grievance to the Board of Campus Publications were you to ever have one. We believe it is important for our readers to express their not so great interactions with our staff so we can address them accordingly. Without our readers, we wouldn’t have a paper. So we hope if ever you develop a grievance you feel confident in knowing how to do exactly that.