What recourse is there to a faculty member if the university changes its policy after a grant has been awarded?
I am a tenured professor and recently won a prestigious research grant. For years, my college within the university** has operated under policies that provide special research incentives to faculty. Specifically, faculty who win certain grants (which I have) are entitled to a reduced teaching load and a college-funded graduate research assistant position. However, I just learned that my college has abolished both of these benefits, supposedly because of budget cuts, about the same time as the start date for my project this summer.
Is there any way I can make a justification for being grandfathered into the old policy, at least for the duration of my current grants, given that they were submitted under the old policy? And, more generally, what course of action do faculty have when their institution moves the goalposts on them like this?
** Note: my university is ranked as an R2 university (but only just). Consequently, research is not valued nearly as much as at a top-tier institution.