Article IX: Disciplining of Members
Charges of conduct or activities prejudicial to the American Association of University Professors may be preferred by one member of this Chapter against another member of this Chapter. Such charges and specifications must be in writing and must be served on the accused member. Certified copies of the charges and specifications must be filed with the Recording Secretary, together with proof that the accused member has received the original documents.
To hear and adjudicate the charges, the Hearing Tribunal will be constituted. All members of the Hearing Tribunal intimately associated with either the accuser or the accused shall be disqualified from serving on the Hearing Tribunal. If less than three members of the tribunal are available to serve on the Hearing Tribunal, the Executive Council shall appoint sufficient ad hoc members.
Upon being notified by the Recording Secretary of the filing of charges against a member, the Vice President shall call a meeting of the Hearing Tribunal, at a time and place that the accuser and accused can be expected to attend. Notice of the time and place of this meeting must be served on the defendant at least fifteen (15) days in advance.
At this meeting, which may be adjourned from time to time, the Hearing Tribunal shall hear from the complainant, from the defendant, and from any witnesses willing to testify. After all testimony has been taken, the tribunal shall decide whether or not the charges have been sustained.
If the charges are sustained, then the tribunal may order the offending member expelled from the Chapter, or it may impose some lesser disciplinary action. If the charges are not sustained, then the case is dismissed, the matter is closed, and the complainant and defendant must be notified of this fact immediately.
If charges are brought and sustained against a member who is an officer of the Chapter, the procedures in this Article shall supersede the procedures mentioned in Article VIII, Removal of Officers.
Appeals from a decision of the Hearing Tribunal may be taken to the Chapter.