Guidelines for Appealing the Annual Performance Review
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information and the procedure that university employees should follow, if they disagree with their annual performance review. These guidelines also provide the procedures that managers and reviewers (the person to whom the manager reports) should follow to address a performance review appeal.
How does an employee file an appeal?
- An employee who disagrees with their annual performance review must first file a written request for reconsideration within 10 business days of receiving their annual performance review. The written request must be sent to the manager who completed their performance review. The written request may be an email to the manager, and the employee should copy VCU Employee Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upon receipt of the request, the manager should notify their HR Professional and VCU Employee Relations at email@example.com. They should schedule a meeting with the employee to discuss the basis for their appeal of their annual performance review. The manager will provide a written response to the employee within 10 business days of receiving the employee’s written appeal. The manager’s written response shall indicate one of the following:
- Manager affirms the original performance review;
- Manager may revise the performance review in whole; or
- Manager may revise the performance review in part.
- Reviewer affirms the original performance review;
- Reviewer may revise the performance review in whole; or
- Reviewer may revise the performance review in part.
The Reviewer’s decision concludes the annual performance review appeals process.
Note: Annual performance reviews are not subject to any further review, and they are not grievable. If an employee believes that their manager has violated a policy or law in giving their performance review, the employee should contact their HR professional.