Comments sought on proposal for revised disciplinary rules

Meg Baron (President of the SCA) and the Board of Directors are requesting comments from the populace on a Grand Council proposal to revise the Corpora provisions for sanctioning inappropriate behavior within the organization.

Greetings unto the esteemed membership of the SCA:

A few years ago, the Grand Council gave the Board of Directors a proposal for adding additional sanctions to the rather limited toolbox the SCA currently has for dealing with problem behaviors and problem people. The proposal was put out for comment; however, due largely to its length and complexity, the commentary was decidedly mixed, and the Board did not act on the proposal.

Nonetheless, there were some good ideas within the proposal, and the Board has returned to it several times over the past couple of years, seeking a way to take these good ideas and incorporate them into our rules. After considerable rewriting and discussion, the Board has developed a proposal for a change to the "sanctions" sections of the Governing Documents. Unfortunately it has proved impossible to streamline the proposed changes beyond a certain degree; there are too many scattered references in Corpora and the other governing documents to various sanctions that may be imposed by various people. In fact, part of the purpose of this proposal is to bring the language currently contained in Corpora into one place as much as possible, for ease of reference. The Board is seeking commentary from the membership on this new sanctions revision, which is based heavily on the work of the Grand Council as well as input from various Board members and past Royalty. Special thanks go to former Director Fernando Vigil, who did the bulk of the work of assembling this proposal in its final form.

This proposed revision is designed with several goals in mind:

  • To give additional options to Royalty faced with the challenges of imposing appropriate sanctions.
  • To gather the assorted sections of the Governing Documents concerning sanctions together and ensurecompatibility between them.
  • To make the rules on sanctions clearer and easier to understand.
  • To codify the methods by which administrative sanctions can be applied and appealed.

While the proposal is quite lengthy, much of the language is not new; it would simply be moved to a single new "Sanctions" section in Corpora. Rather than try to explain all the changes in one lengthy introduction, the Board felt it would be easier to follow if the explanations were interspersed with the changes, appearing after each proposed change. The changes are listed in the order in which they occur within the current Governing Documents. However, those wishing to focus on the substantive changes should pay particular attention to the proposed new Section X, Sanctions, as that is where most of the actual changes would occur.

A complete discussion of all proposed changes, including what moves from where and how remaining passages are renumbered, can be found on the web at www.sca.org (the direct URL is http://www.sca.org/BOD/announcements/commentary.html?id=12), or you may request a paper copy from the SCA Corporate office (PO Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789).

Following is a brief summary of the proposed changes:

SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES

  • Creation of new Corpora section X. Many sections of the existing Governing Documents will move here.
  • Creation of "Lesser Royal Sanctions": includes the existing Banishment from the Royal Presence as well as a new option, Prohibition of Wearing or Display of the Arms of the Realm.
  • Creation of "Greater Royal Sanctions": includes the existing Banishment from the Realm and Absolute Banishment, and adds Withdrawal of Privileges of Rank and Exile from the Realm.
  • Requirements for notification of a sanctioned individual are better defined.
  • The already-existing rights of officers to impose administrative sanctions are clarified, as are limits to those rights.
  • The meaning of the phrase "action of the Board of Directors" in the By-Laws is clarified and defined.

Commentary on this proposal is requested by December 1, 2004.

In service,

Meg Baron
President, SCA Inc.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@sca.org.