Section C. Grievance Procedures
No matter concerning the definition or application of "in good standing" in a University of Michigan graduate degree program shall be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures.
In the event that a grievance arises alleging a violation of the Article, it shall begin at Step Two of the Grievance and Arbitration Procedure, provided it is submitted in writing within twenty (20) days following reasonable knowledge of the facts giving rise to the grievance. There shall be unrestricted review of all aspects of the grievance at Steps Two and Three.
If any such grievance alleging a violation of this Article should be taken to arbitration as provided in Section D. of Article XV , the Arbitrator's authority and jurisdiction shall not include any matter involving a question of good standing in a University of Michigan graduate degree program or whether employment is academically relevant. Neither shall the Arbitrator have authority to review the decision by a
department or degree program regarding the acceptability of an employment position as meeting a degree requirement. The Arbitrator shall, however, have authority to determine the factual matter of whether an employment position has or has not been certified as meeting a degree requirement by the department or degree program in which the degree is being pursued.
Nothing herein shall preclude a group grievance on behalf of all named and similarly affected individuals.