SECTION 1 - AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB SUSPENSION
Any member who is suspended from any or all the privileges of The American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.
SECTION 2 - CHARGES
Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed. Written specific charges must be filed in duplicate with the Recording Secretary together with a deposit of $200, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board Committee following a hearing. The Recording Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a Board Meeting and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or of the Breed, if the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or of the Breed. It may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board Committee of not less than three members of the Board, not less than three weeks nor more than six weeks thereafter. The Recording Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the member accused of alleged misconduct by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his/her own defense and bring witnesses if s/he so desires.
SECTION 3 - BOARD HEARING
The Board Committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and the defendant, the Board Committee may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing or until the next Annual Meeting if that will occur after six months from the Board Committee decision. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear before his fellow Members at the next regularly scheduled Annual Club Meeting at which time the Membership will consider the recommendation of the Board Committee. Immediately after the Board Committee has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.
SECTION 4 - EXPULSION
Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at the annual meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the Board Committee as provided in Section 3 of this Article. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his/her own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the finding and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his/her own behalf. The meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3rds vote of those present and voting at the annual meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.