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How does the chairperson handle a fellow board member's abusive language towards a fellow board member?

Demand an apology?

Failing that request that the member leave?


The chairman may not demand an apology or request that the member leave, although the chairperson may refer the question to the board, which does have the authority to do those things. The board can, in fact, demand that the member leave, and remove him forcefully if necessary - although it is best if that is handled by the police or private security, if it comes to that.


Failing that adjourn the meeting?


Again, that's up to the board, although I don't see the logic in adjourning the meeting because a member is rude. There is no need to let one disruptive member prevent the board from conducting its business.

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