LC: 37. PROCEDURES FOR PLACING A MEMBER ON PROBATIONARY STATUS
A. Probationary Status is a disciplinary measure that can only be administered by the Home to a member who violates, contravenes or fails to fulfil the Responsibilities of Individual Members or the "Fundamental Family Rules."
B. A member is placed on Probationary Status for a period to be determined by a simple majority of the Home's voting members, not to exceed three months.
C. While on Probationary Status, the member:
1. Is no longer a voting member of the Home.
2. Loses his or her Right of Mobility.
a) If a minor is placed on Probationary Status, his or her parent(s) still retain(s) the right to move their child to another location during this period.
3. Must read parts, or all, of the Reading List for Fellow Members Changing to CM or those on Partial Excommunication (Appendix G.), at the Home officers' discretion, as well as other publications that the Home's officers deem necessary. The member does not lose access to any CM publications.
D. Members can be recommended for Probationary Status by the Home's officers, providing the following procedures are adhered to:
1. The Home officers must clearly explain to the Home's voting members, with the member in question present if he so chooses, showing just cause why the member is being recommended for Probationary Status, and proposing for how long.
2. After the matter has been discussed, the member in question should be informed that the Home is considering placing him on Probationary Status. The member should be given the opportunity to come before the Home to present his case or refute the accusations against them, if he or she so desires.
3. The matter is to be discussed and voted on, by secret ballot.
4. If a simple majority agree with the recommendation, the Home officers must officially inform the member that he has been placed on Probationary Status, explaining the reasons why and what is required of him or her.
E. A member that has been placed on Probationary Status may exercise his Right of Redress if he is not in agreement with the Home's decision.
Probationary Status is a disciplinary measure for a Home member that is decided upon by the Home. When someone is placed on Probationary Status, they automatically lose their right to vote and their Right of Mobility. This should be for a predetermined length of time, not exceeding three months, and should be a penalty proportional to the offense. In most cases, a less severe correction should have preceded a member being put on Probationary Status, such as missing some activities, etc. It is also a good idea to assign an appropriate reading list to help strengthen the Home member.
Probationary Status is a disciplinary measure invoked by the Home and is similar to what was once known as "Babes Status," although they do not lose access to CM lit. The member on Probationary Status should concentrate on reading the new GNs, and the Reading List for Fellow Members Changing to CM or those on Partial Excommunication (Appendix G).
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