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Recently a working committee (not committee of the whole) brought a report to the larger faculty. The person crafting the report was careful to say the report was brought "without prejudice". The parliamentarian instructed us that a report such as this had to be accepted as a motion. This was NOT the understanding of the majority of the members of the committee, including the committee chair. Is it binding that a report from a committee must be accepted as a motion? Or is it simply to be treated as a report for consideration or discussion?

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Recently a working committee (not committee of the whole) brought a report to the larger faculty.

This sounds like either a standing committee or a special committee.

The person crafting the report was careful to say the report was brought "without prejudice".

The committee is responsible for the content of the report, not just the person doing the "crafting."

The mention of "without prejudice" is of no importance, from a parliamentary standpoint.

The parliamentarian instructed us that a report such as this had to be accepted as a motion.

A report can include a wide range of information. It can also include or be composed entirely of a recommendation to adopt a motion. I can't be clear on what the parliamentarian meant.

This was NOT the understanding of the majority of the members of the committee, including the committee chair. Is it binding that a report from a committee must be accepted as a motion? Or is it simply to be treated as a report for consideration or discussion?

If the committee does not make a recommendation for the adoption of a motion in its report, such a recommendation is not implied.

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