Employee / Labor Relations


The University encourages informal resolution of employee complaints whenever possible.  Employees should present their complaints up through their reporting structure as soon as possible and engage in discussions with their department to attempt to reach a resolution that resolves the complaint in a manner which is satisfactory to the employee and USF.  If the complaint is not resolved through informal resolution, grievance procedures are available consistent with the nature of the complaint and the employee’s position classification. 

The University of South Florida currently provides two types of grievance procedures: Collective Bargaining Agreement Grievances and USF Grievances. Whether or not an employment issue can be grieved through the particular type of grievance procedure is based on the subject of the grievance, and if their position is one represented by a particular Bargaining Unit.

If you have questions regarding which procedure is applicable based on your classification and nature of the complaint, please contact employee-relations@usf.edu


Based on their job classes, certain employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements that address terms and conditions of employment at the university. Applicable job classes are listed in each agreement. If a covered (i.e., in-unit) employee believes one or more provisions of the agreement have been violated, he/she may file a grievance through the grievance procedure contained in that agreement. These collective bargaining agreements are:

USF Grievances

Administration, Staff and Temporary (within certain limits) employees may be eligible to file grievances through the USF Grievance Procedure. A grievance, for the purpose of this procedure, is the allegation by an employee that:

  • A term and/or condition of employment is unjust;
  • A university regulation, policy, or procedure has been either wrongfully applied or applied in a manner that violates the regulation, policy, or procedure; and/or
  • A disciplinary action is inappropriate.

Click on the links below for the USF Grievance Procedure and Form, including details on actions that are not grievable, conditions of or exceptions to this process, and more. Refer to USF Regulations or USF Policies on this topic.