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What does R R of O say about confidentiality?....related to information in committee meetings or director meetings?

If they are held in Executive Session, you are not supposed to disclose anything to nonmembers of that particular group. However, a superior body can order things to be presented to it.

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What does R R of O say about confidentiality?....related to information in committee meetings or director meetings?

Confidentiality is specifically imposed on the attendees of meetings held in executive session, and on the minutes of those meetings.

There might also be a general expectation of confidentiality if disclosing information would harm the organization.

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What does Robert's Rules of Order say about confidentiality?

... related to information in committee meetings or director meetings?

Committee meetings? Director meetings?

There is no automatic secrecy, unless the committee itself or the board (of directors) itself says otherwise, or unless a rule says otherwise.

Beware also, alternatively, RONR says that by custom, secrecy can be assumed as ongoing, for committees and boards.

See "executive session", page 92, in RONR (tenth ed., 2000, publ. DaCapo).

The practice of organizations operat-

ing under the lodge system is equivalent to holding all reg-

ular meetings in executive session.

[...]

In most organizations,

except those operating under the lodge system, by practice

or sometimes by rule, membership meetings are open to

the public, but board or committee meetings are customar-

ily held in executive session.

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