Comments sought as SCA Board considers temporary administrative sanctions

Linda S. Moore (Viscountess Gwyneth Felton), President, SCA Inc., is seeking comments from the Memberships regarding a new policy to temporarily prohibit a member from participating in SCA activities.

Linda S. Moore writes:

During its March 20, 2006 conference call, the Board discussed the Society Seneschal's need for a method of quickly, but temporarily removing an individual from participation at SCA activities. Currently, no such mechanism exists. This capability would be particularly useful in situations where an individual is engaged in a lengthy criminal trial with no clear end. Rather than requiring a series of Absolute Banishments to be prepared by Royalty, Kingdom and Society Seneschals until the trial's conclusion (which could potentially span many reigns producing much redundant paperwork), this would allow the Society Seneschal to continue the original action and suspend an individual's participation until a resolution is reached.

It is important to note that this in no way addresses or restricts the rights and responsibilities of Royalty to invoke sanctions as appropriate.

The Board proposes the following addition to Corpora as a new Section X.C. Administrative Suspension of Participation (renumbering subsequent Sections as appropriate):

C. Administrative Suspension of Participation.
The Society Seneschal may, when necessary, or when Royal Sanctions are inappropriate or logistically impractical, impose an Administrative Suspension of Participation on an individual. This precludes the sanctioned individual from attending any SCA function in any realm. Reasons for this form of sanction might include, but are not limited to, when an individual is under investigation by a modern-era agency, when an individual is under investigation for a Revocation and Denial of Membership, or when an individual's behavior or actions negatively affect the Society.

The Administrative Suspension of Participation is effective immediately upon proclamation by the Society Seneschal. The suspension must be for a specified period of time or meet specific criteria; for example, six months, the duration of a specific event, until the conclusion of legal proceedings, etc. A duration may not be indefinite. This does not, however, preclude the Society Seneschal from immediately renewing an Administrative Suspension of Participation.

1. Notification:
The Society Seneschal must inform the sanctioned individual, Crown of the realm of the sanctioned individual, and the Board of Directors, as to the specific cause and occasion of the sanction. This notification must be made in writing within ten business days.

2. Review:
An Administrative Suspension of Participation will be automatically reviewed by the Board at the next regularly scheduled meeting after proclamation. Active sanctions shall be included with the Society Seneschal's quarterly report to the Board for review.

If a sanction is determined to be without merit or has been unfairly imposed, the sanction will be lifted and the Society Seneschal will be subject to sanctions.

The Board requests comments from the membership regarding this proposed revision no later than July 1, 2006. Please send them to:

Corpora Revision
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas CA, 95036

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Linda S. Moore - President, SCA Inc.
(Viscountess Gwyneth Felton, OP)

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

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Administrative sanctions

Long ago and far away, I was very active in the Society in the Midrealm. Some folks may remember me, many will not as I have not been active for a very long time. This idea disturbs me, greatly, on a number of levels, but, on several others, I can see where it might be needed. On the one hand, we are a nation, mundanely, of laws - and one of those laws is that a person is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his or her peers (or, if they have waived a jury trial, judged so by a duly placed judge in the judicial system). Innocent until proven guilty means exactly that. As my cousin, Clarence Darrow would say, this is one of the foundations of American Law and should not be tampered with. However, when the safety of individuals comes into play, such as when certain individuals attempt illegal acts at a Society-sponsored event, some means of protecting the membership should be in place. To my recollection, because the Society is a private institution, it has the right to remove ANY person from ANY event should that person misbehave. To my way of thinking, nothing further really needs to be in place. If something more egregious has occurred, then the local, State or federal authorities should be called and they should handle the situation. That is what they are there for. The proposal, as it reads, is almost a carte blanche for a Seneschal who might have a personality problem with a member (it has happened in the past - anyone remember Yang the Nauseating? He was a thorn in the side of the Midrealm, especially the Baronial rulers of the Northwoods in the early days of the Society) and such a power could be used to remove a member who could contribute greatly to the Society at large, simply because of a personality conflict. Remember: Yang and Duke Cariadoc of the Bow co-created the basics of Steel Ettiquette and created the concept of acting in persona FOR the Society. If this program had been in place during that period, the Society might never have HAD those concepts develop at all and Yang, who later was awarded the Order of the Laurel for his contributions, would never have been so honored, either. I know, I was there. Respectfully submitted, The man who was formerly Tarkhan Jubei