ARTICLE 8 – PERSONNEL FILES
A. General Provisions
1. It is understood that there shall only be one (1) Official personnel file for each employee. Personnel files can be reviewed at Campus Human Resources.
2. Upon employee’s written request, an employee and/or his/her representative, shall be able to review his/her official personnel file or departmental personnel file within a reasonable period of time in the presence of a representative of the University.
B. Request for Inspection
Where the University determines that operational requirements permit, an employee shall be granted a reasonable amount of time in without-loss-of-straight-time pay status to review his/her personnel file(s). When granting such requests, the University shall take into account the frequency of such requests and the amount of time the employee is or will be engaged in such activity. Alternatively, an individual may provide the University with a written authorization allowing a designated SETC representative to receive a copy of the employee’s personnel file(s) or identified portions thereof. Such written authorization shall be valid for a period of twenty (20) calendar days from the date thereof.
C. Rebuttal Statements
An employee may submit a rebuttal statement to material in his/her official personnel file. Said rebuttal shall be attached to the material being rebutted and placed in the employee’s personnel file.
D. Grievance Files
Records involving the processing of an employee’s grievance such as the grievance form, step appeals and responses, and settlement documents will be kept in a file separate from the employee’s personnel file.
E. Protections from Disclosure
Records protected by recognized legal privilege and records excepted from disclosure by law may be withheld from the employee and/or the employee’s representative. Neither an employee nor his/her representative shall be entitled to review confidential pre-employment information.
Fees may be charged for making copies of personnel file information or extracts thereof; however, there shall be no charge for the first copy of the individual employee’s own records. Request for additional copies will be ten cents (.10) per page. When they are requested, copies will be provided within a reasonable period of time.
G. Letters in File
Prior to placing a letter of commendation or a derogatory letter in an employee’s personnel file, the employee shall be provided with a copy of said letter.
H. Correction of File
If, after inspection of his/her personnel file, an employee believes that any portion of the material contained therein is not accurate, the employee may make a written request to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Labor Relations, to have the material corrected. The University shall notify the employee in writing of the correction or of its denial of said request.