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18 hours ago, Guest John Oscar said:

What is the proper way to censure an unruly board member? What is the proper way to suspend a board member?

A motion to censure may be made as a main motion, which is debatable and amendable and requires a majority vote for adoption. Such a motion must be very carefully worded to remain within the bounds of decorum, however, so this may not be an option depending on what exactly the member is accused of. Censure may also be applied as a penalty after formal disciplinary procedures. Since not everyone is clear on this point, it should be noted that censure is a formal expression of disapproval and carries no further penalty.

It's not entirely clear to me that suspending a board member is an option under RONR. The text explicitly mentions that a member of the society may be suspended, but for officers (which board members are), the text lists censure and removal from office, and then mentions that in special circumstances, other penalties may be appropriate.

As for removal from office, see FAQ #20.

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1 hour ago, Josh Martin said:

It's not entirely clear to me that suspending a board member is an option under RONR.

The text explicitly mentions that a member of the society may be suspended,

but for officers (which board members are), the text lists censure and removal from office, 

and then mentions that in special circumstances, other penalties may be appropriate.

Q. Is not "suspension" an "other penalty"?

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RONR already says that a member may have any subset of membership rights suspended.

It is not necessarily the case like the Frank Sinatra song, "All or Nothing at All."

See page 6.

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If only some of an individual’s rights as a member of the assembly are under suspension (for example, the rights to make motions and speak in debate),

other rights of assembly membership may still be exercised (for example, the rights to attend meetings and vote).

 

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