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  1. Recently a member brought a motion to censure our chapter's chair for a post on their personal Facebook page that was tagged for friends only. This post was directed at one of his close personal friends and was a rhetorical question that was quoted from someone recently in the news. The discussion had become heated on his particular post, but it was not our groups FB page . Our group has a code of conduct as part of our bylaws, pertaining to the organizations events and meetings and online spaces. However, there are no disciplinary actions given in the bylaws. This motion to censure was b
  2. Who can an organization censure? Can we censure someone who isn't technically a member of our organization? Can we censure someone who is required to be a member of our organization by law or bylaws? Specifically, can we censure someone who holds state-level elected office? What is the effect of a motion to censure? Is it simply "we disapprove of what this person has done" or is there more? Does a motion to censure in an ordinary society differ from one in a legislative body? As a subordinate entity (a county-level chapter of a state-level political organization), do we need
  3. I'm concerned that RONR 11 has a potentially dangerous loophole with respect to ratifying action taken at a special meeting. From p. 93: "If, at a special meeting, action is taken relating to business not mentioned in the call, that action, to become valid, must be ratified (see pp. 124-25) by the organization at a regular meeting (or at another special meeting properly called for that purpose)." By stipulating "a" regular meeting rather than "the next regular meeting at the latest" (or at least specifying that ratification should take place at subsequent special meeting called
  4. For consistency and explanatory purposes, it seems like at it would be better for the motions to ratify or censure to be explained under the chapter on incendental motions rather than so cursorily at the end of the chapter on the main motion. In the very least, it seems as though the motions to ratify or censure are different enough from the motion to adopt (e.g., recommendations about action to be taken v. not-yet-validated actions perhaps already taken) that the motions should fall under separate subheadings. I raised more specific questions about the motion to ratify in an earlier post
  5. Hi, All. I was very grateful with help I received from those on this Forum back in the Fall and write again in search of further assistance! The issue this time: the procedures for a motion of censure. The situation I'm attempting to address, in rough, is this. At the last meeting of our Council, a member brought a motion to censure the President for a communication to members that contradicted the expressed will of the Council. At the beginning of the meeting, Council was asked to approve a parliamentarian to assist the President with the conduct of the meeting. This in an
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    Motion to Censure

    Basic questions about making a motion to censure: The chair wishes to make a motion to censure the actions of 3 out of 7 members who acted together as a minority, without the knowledge or approval of the body as a whole. (The assembly I refer to has bylaws that state its members only act as a body) The bylaws have no prescribed means for discipline except that of removal of office, which in this case, is not the intended outcome. Can the chair make ONE motion which censures the actions of all 3? (they acted as a group outside of the whole and would be censured for the same action) When is the
  7. Can a motion to censure have object (object to the consideration of the question) applied to it? Looking at page 268 lines 1-4, one would think that the answer is no. However, wouldn't it make sense to object to the consideration of such question?
  8. I've looked for this topic to be discussed but have not found it, so if I have started this in error, please redirect me. I've found it curious that RONR offers that the motion to substitute "censure" for "ratify" is in order. A motion to censure does not seem germane to the motion to ratify. The motion to ratify has to do with the actions taken by an individual or a group that does not have the power to take such an action as discussed in RONR pp. 124-125. It is the action that requires ratification, or defeat ratification. If the act has already been carried out, I don't see how
  9. If a member makes a motion to censure the Chair, and the Vice Chair has immediately prior to the motion resigned, who would the member address? Would the appointment of a VP pro tem until the next election be in order first, and then the member with the motion to censure address the VP pro tem?
  10. Our organization is run by 6 officers and has about 40 members (it is a student-run organization in high school but the members do not receive any votes, only officers can vote). We are considering the possibility of removing one of the current members. The bylaws specify that any vote normally requiring a 2/3 vote requires a 5/6 vote (5 of the 6 officers). Would the vote to remove a member require a 2/3 vote, therefore requiring 5 votes in our instance, or would it require a majority vote, 4 votes in this instance?
  11. Our Board of Directors wants to censure a member for smearing other members. He did this in writing, so the evidence is clear. However, the Board wonders if it has the authority to do so, or if this can only be done at a meeting of all members (or, more specifically, at a trial approved by a motion made at a meeting of all members). The constitution empowers the Board to expulse a member, but says nothing about censure. The constitution does specify that we use Robert's Rules of Orders ("insofar as they may apply"). The article of the constitution about the Board of Directors starts with
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    Censure of a member

    If your organization has its own disciplinary procedure that makes no mention of "censuring" a member and/or officer, can it still be done? Or is considered separate from what is general considered "disciplinary action"?
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    We have a situation where we have a board member that has an obvious problem with anger managment. We plan to talk to him in executive session at our next meeting, however... if he doesn't make an adjustment to his behavior-we are prepared to go down the road of censure. Any suggestions would be appreciated. This one is not easy... it's not about a presidng officer not being able to control the meeting... it's about a person who cannot control their anger....Thank you.
  14. I appreciate that RONR contends such an amendment to be in order because it meets criteria of germaneness (p. 137 ll 20-29), however, if a motion to censure is intended to be raised not for violations of decorum, but as a main motion for actions of the individual, wouldn't there be a requirement for prior notice, in order that the member can know to be present to defend their actions, and so that any who have an interest in the consideration of the censure can choose whether or not to attend and where prior notice is a requirement for a motion to be able to be passed, would it not exceed th
  15. Dear Forum, I am interested in the proper procedure for pursuing a motion of censure at the board meeting which *follows* the one in which statements (to the point of allegations) had been made. Under fire was business (actions) taken outside of board meetings. Some statements in the last board meeting fell short of outright allegations, as these were issued under a veil of multitudinous confusion (roughly "I cannothelp but think there must be some conflict of interest in the manner in which these directors have conducted themselves") yet despite other statements going so far as to contend imp
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    After the chair removes himself for debate purposes, may the chair vote on a motion to censure the chair?
  17. The body meets both in person and by conference call. Bylaws call for operation per latest RONR, and have a section for removal of a member by formal process, but otherwise do not otherwise mention disciplinary procedures. Near the end of a conference call under any other business, motion is made and seconded to censure one member for his repeated abusive remarks directed to the chair, fellow members, and staff. The chair asks for parliamentary advice regarding the motion, and is informed its in order if pertaining to recent behavior viewed by the entire body and amounts to a formal reprima
  18. A member of an executive committee of a union at a USA college was asked to recuse himself from a case involving his department in which he had voiced strong opinions. He did recuse himself from the union executive committee of the union after being asked to do so, but not from the Department business taken up by the department on which he served. This seemed to be appropriate. Do you agree? However, this Executive Committee member then began to contradict (on the matter taken up by the department) the legal advice of the attorney who is the executive committee's counsel-- as transmitted by
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