The Personnel Action File shall be defined as the one (1) official personnel file for
employment information and information that may be relevant to personnel recommendations
or personnel actions regarding a faculty unit employee. For each faculty unit employee,
the President shall designate an office in which the Personnel Action File shall be maintained
and shall designate a custodian for the Personnel Action File. It is the intent of the CSU
to maintain accurate and relevant Personnel Action Files. There may be copies of material
contained in the official file in other working files for the convenience of the Employer.
Only the official Personnel File may be used as the basis of personnel actions.
A faculty unit employee shall have the right to submit material to his/her Personnel
Action File. A faculty unit employee shall also have the right to submit a written rebuttal
to any material in his/her Personnel Action File, or scheduled for placement in his/her
Personnel Action File after notification of such placement pursuant to provision 11.4
of this Article.
Any material identified by source may be placed in the Personnel Action File. Identification
shall indicate the author, the committee, the campus office, or the name of the officially
authorized body generating the material.
The faculty unit employee shall be notified of the placement of any material in his/her
Personnel Action File, and shall be provided with a copy of any material to be placed in
the Personnel Action File at least five (5) days prior to such placement. This provision
shall not apply to material referenced in the Temporary Suspension or Disciplinary Action
Procedure Articles of this Agreement.
Upon request, a faculty member shall be provided the opportunity to meet with the
appropriate administrator regarding material to be placed in the file to which the faculty
member objects. The request to meet shall be made within five (5) days of the receipt of
the notification. The meeting shall take place within ten (10) days of the request made
by the faculty member.
Pursuant to provision 11.1, the appropriate administrator shall consider all information
provided by the faculty member concerning the relevancy and accuracy of any material to be
placed in the file prior to making a final decision to place material in the file. This
provision, and provision 11.5 above, shall not apply to material placed in the file created
for the periodic evaluations or performance reviews conducted pursuant to Article 15,
Evaluation, of this Agreement, nor to material referenced in the Temporary Suspension or
Disciplinary Action Procedure Articles of this Agreement.
Materials for evaluation submitted by a faculty unit employee shall be deemed incorporated
by reference in the Personnel Action File, but need not be physically placed in the file.
An index of such materials shall be prepared by the faculty unit employee and submitted with
the materials. Such an index shall be permanently placed in the Personnel Action File.
Materials incorporated by reference in this manner shall be considered part of the Personnel
Action File for the actions set forth in provision 11.9 of this Article. Indexed materials
may be returned to the faculty unit employee.
During the time of periodic evaluation and performance review of a faculty unit employee,
the Working Personnel Action File, which includes all information, materials, recommendations,
responses and rebuttals, shall be incorporated by reference into the Personnel Action File.
Personnel recommendations or decisions relating to retention, tenure, promotion, or
termination based upon work performance, or any other personnel action shall be based on
the Personnel Action File. For the purposes of this section, course assignments shall not
be considered personnel actions. However, course assignments shall not be punitive in nature.
Should the President make a personnel decision on any basis not directly related to the
professional qualifications, work performance, or personal attributes of the individual faculty
member in question, those reasons shall be reduced to writing and entered into the Personnel
Action File and shall be immediately provided the faculty member.
A faculty unit employee shall have the right of access to all material in his/her Personnel
Action File, exclusive of pre-employment materials. A faculty unit employee shall have access
to pre-employment materials in instances in which such materials are used in subsequent personnel
actions other than appointments.
A faculty unit employee may request an appointment(s) for the purpose of inspecting his/her
Personnel Action File. Such appointment(s) shall be scheduled promptly during normal business
hours. The manner of inspection shall be subject to reasonable conditions. The faculty unit
employee shall have the right to have another person of the employee's choosing accompany him/her
to inspect the Personnel Action File.
Following receipt of a faculty unit employee's written request, the appropriate administrator
shall, within fourteen (14) days of the request, provide a copy of all requested materials. The
faculty unit employee may be required to bear the cost of duplicating such materials.
If, after examination of the Personnel Action File, the faculty unit employee believes that
any portion of the file is not accurate, he/she may request in writing a correction of the material
or a deletion of a portion of the material, or both. Such a request shall be addressed to the
custodian of the file, with copies to the appropriate faculty committee, if such material was
generated by a faculty committee, and the appropriate administrator. The request shall include
a written statement by the faculty unit employee describing corrections and/or deletions that he/she
believes should be made, and the facts and reasons supporting such request. Such request shall
become part of the Personnel Action File, except in those instances in which the disputed material
has been removed from the file.
If the request is denied by the custodian of the file, the faculty unit employee shall have
a right to submit the request to the President no later than seven (7) days after the date of
such a denial. Within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of such request of the President, the
President shall provide a written response to the faculty unit employee. If the President grants
the request, the record shall be corrected or the deletions made, and the faculty unit employee
shall be sent a written statement to that effect. If the President denies the request, the
response shall include the reason(s) for denial.
The Personnel Action File shall be held in confidence. Access to a faculty unit employee's
Personnel Action File shall be limited only to persons with official business. The custodian
shall log all instances of access to a Personnel Action File. Such a log record shall be a part
of the Personnel Action File.
The Personnel Action File shall indicate the location of other records regarding a faculty unit
employee kept on the campus to which the faculty unit employee has access in accordance with statute.
Campus medical records and campus police records shall not be subject to this Article.
October 10, 2002