Rules of Association

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9. Suspension or expulsion of members of Association

9.1 If the Committee considers that a member should be suspended or expelled from membership of the Association because his or her conduct is detrimental to the interests of the Association, the Committee must communicate, either orally or in writing, to the member-

9.1.1 notice of the proposed suspension or expulsion and of the time, date and place of the Committee meeting at which the question of that suspension or expulsion will be decided; and

9.1.2 particulars of that conduct, not less than 30 days before the date of the Committee meeting referred to in paragraph 9.1.1.

9.2 At the Committee meeting referred to in a notice communicated under rule 9.1, the Committee may, having afforded the member concerned a reasonable opportunity to be heard by, or to make representations in writing to, the Committee, suspend or expel or decline to suspend or expel that member from membership of the Association and must, forthwith after deciding whether or not to suspend or expel that member, communicate that decision in writing to that member.

9.3 Subject to rule 9.5, a member has his or her membership suspended or ceases to be a member 14 days after the day on which the decision to suspend or expel a member is communicated to him or her under rule 9.2.

9.4 A member who is suspended or expelled under rule 9.2 must, if he or she wishes to appeal against that suspension or expulsion, give notice to the Secretary of his or her intention to do so within the period of 14 days referred to in rule 9.3.

9.5 When notice is given under rule 9.4-

9.5.1 the Association in a general meeting, must either confirm or set aside the decision of the Committee to suspend or expel the member, after having afforded the member who gave that notice a reasonable opportunity to be heard by, or to make representations in writing to, the Association in the general meeting; and

9.5.2 the member who gave that notice is not suspended or does not cease to be a member unless and until the decision of the Committee to suspend or expel him or her is confirmed under this rule.