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Our organization has bylaws but they have no provisions for expelling members. They do have provisions for removing Board Members.  They had me sign a code of conduct document.  Can they expel me if I violated the code of conduct which is not mentioned in the bylaws.


If your bylaws are silent on discipline for members of the society, the society may expel you for violating the code of conduct, but they would need to follow the lengthy disciplinary procedures in Section 63 of RONR to do so.


If your bylaws have disciplinary procedures for members of the society, but those procedures do not mention expulsion or the code of conduct, then it will be up to your organization to interpret its own bylaws. See RONR, 11th ed., pgs. 588-591 for some Principles of Interpretation.

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