Stipends Appeals Committee
Terms of Reference:
- The SAC is an internal administrative body, governed by the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness. Within this framework, it is free to develop procedures and practices to conduct hearings and is not constrained by strict rules of procedure and evidence.
- The Treasurer shall have primary responsibility over stipends, except that the Internal Relations Officer shall have responsibility over the Treasurer’s stipend.
- The Internal Relations Officer shall have primary responsibility over excuses and leaves of absence.
- Any decision taken by the Treasurer or the Internal Relations Officer regarding stipends, excuses, or leaves of absence may be appealed to the SAC by the affected party. Appeals shall be in writing, and delivered to the Chair within twenty (20) working days. In extenuating circumstances, the Chair may extend the time limits for an appellant to dispute the findings of the Treasurer or the Internal Relations Officer.
- Upon receiving any such appeal the Chair shall convene a meeting of the SAC within fifteen working days. The appeal shall be deemed to have been allowed by the Committee if the Chair fails to convene a meeting as required.
- The neutrality of any member of the Committee scheduled to hear a case may be challenged and will be determined by the Chair. If the neutrality of the Chair is challenged, the other members of the Committee will determine it. A member of the Committee who's own stipend is under consideration shall not be deemed neutral.
- The Committee is responsible for interpreting any policy under consideration.
- The deliberations of the Committee shall be closed with no record kept.
- The Chair of the Committee shall vote only in case of a tie. No members of the Committee shall abstain.
- The Chair shall communicate the decision of the SAC, in writing, to the affected parties within five working days of the hearing. The decision shall include reasons. The appeal shall be deemed to have been allowed by the Committee if the Chair fails to communicate the decision as required.
Quorum shall be the Chair plus three other members of the Committee.