ARTICLE IX – EXPULSION AND FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP
The following acts shall constitute violations of organizational standards of conduct
(1) Misrepresenting membership qualifications
(2) Persistent verbal, written, electronic or physical conduct of an offensive nature that disrupts the organization’s ability to operate or function
(3) Misuse or unauthorized use of property and/or records
(4) Serious professional misconduct, criminal activities, or flagrant examples of moral turpitude
A Member accused of violating the standards of conduct shall be notified in writing via certified mail ten days prior to a meeting of the Board called to consider the alleged violation. Such notice shall include: the date, time, and place of the meeting of the Board or a committee formed by the Board to investigate and/or prosecute such violations. It will also include the following items: a short and plain statement of the available facts concerning the allegation and a detailed description of the alleged violation, and a plan to provide the accused an opportunity to respond in writing, or in person. The accused may choose to be represented by a person of his or her choosing at the meeting, including potential legal counsel; the Board or committee appointed for such purpose will have the right to be represented by legal counsel, as well.
The Board, or the committee appointed for such purpose, will meet in executive session (unless the Member concerned requests an open session), to consider the facts and render a decision. A Member may be expelled by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of Board members present. This meeting may be held in person, by telephone or electronic means. The President shall notify the Member in writing of the decision of the Board within five (5) days following the meeting. Such notice will be deemed to have been delivered by postmark or postal receipt. An expelled member may apply to the Board for reinstatement no sooner than one year after the date on the notification of expulsion and not more than once per year following said initial appeal, if denied. The Board may require such restitution as in its wisdom will amend the offense for which the member was expelled.