Grievance Committee

 Director of Committee

  1. The Ethics and Grievance Committee receives and expeditiously, fairly and impartially investigates all allegations of misconduct against members of this Association. All allegations shall be in writing, signed by the accuser and sent to the Chairperson of the Committee. The committee shall not consider, investigate nor act upon any allegations which does not meet the criteria.
  2. The accused member shall have 30 days from receipt of the allegations/charges to respond to the Chairperson. Failure to provide requested information to the Grievance Committee shall be grounds for probation, suspension or termination of membership. Upon receipt of the response, the Chairperson will determine if the allegations/charges are without merit and should be dismissed or whether disciplinary proceedings should be initiated.
  3. If disciplinary proceedings are initiated, the accused member shall have 30 days from the date of notification by the Chairperson to request a hearing.. Such request shall be in writing and addressed to the Chairperson. The Chairperson shall, within 60 days, appoint a representative(s) of the Committee to conduct the hearing in the state, province or municipality of the accused member. The accused shall have the right to legal counsel or other advocate and may call witnesses to provide evidence on his or her behalf.
  4. Upon consideration of the evidence and testimony, within 10 days, the hearing representative(s) will submit their findings and recommendation to the Chairperson for submission to the full committee for review and comment. The Chairperson shall be governed by a majority vote of the Committee and will notify the accused member of its findings and recommendations.
  5. If disciplinary action is recommended, the Chair will present the evidence and recommendation to members of the Board of Directors, who will, by majority vote, determine disciplinary action to be taken against the member, and may censure, suspend or terminate membership in the Association.
  6. If the accused fails to request a hearing or fails to appear at a hearing subsequent to a request for such, the Committee may proceed with its investigation as deems necessary to make a fair and impartial decision. The findings and recommendations will be provided to the accused and if disciplinary action is required, forwarded to the Board of Directors.
  7. Information obtained by the Grievance Committee is considered privileged and must not be released outside the Committee or Board of Directors.