American Bantam Association (ABA) – Code of Conduct
Since 1914 the American Bantam Association (ABA) has grown into a strong, vibrant and respected national organization. The strength and vitality of the ABA must be preserved for the current membership and future generations by promoting values such as integrity, education in promoting purebred poultry, service to the ABA, and promoting friendships, etc.
Code of Conduct purpose:
1. Provides a democratic and orderly process to address activities that may have a negative impact to the integrity, operation and long term health of the ABA.
2. Promotes values that maintain the strength and longevity of the ABA.
Grounds for disciplinary actions
1. Theft or any other action that impacts or compromises the financial integrity of the American Bantam Association.
2. Organized or individual attempts to purposely slander or discredit the integrity or stature of the American Bantam Association, Its Officers, Directors, Members and Judges. This includes any action or communication in any manner, including social media that is deemed improper with regard to the Constitution, By Laws, Code of Conduct and show rules of the American Bantam Association.
3. Misrepresentation of American Bantam Association credentials, logo, property, etc. for the purpose of personal gain.
4. Discrimination and Harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or any other class.
5. Violence or threatened acts of violence
6. Any additional actions that results in a significant negative impact to the American Bantam Association.
Procedure for addressing Code of Conduct violations
1. The Board of Directors and Officers will conduct an appropriate hearing to validate or disprove any of the above violations.
2. The discussion / hearing shall be held at the Directors meeting at the next semi or annual ABA meeting. (If there is an immediate need to discuss or address, other forms of notification/discussion may be used including, e-mail, phone, conference, etc.)
3. Recommended disciplinary actions must be passed by a majority vote of Directors and Officers of the ABA.
4. Disciplinary steps as agreed upon by majority vote will be communicated by the President of the ABA organization.
Any member who fails to maintain adherence to the ABA Code of Conduct is subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to the following in any order or combination:
Verbal warning issued by President and / or Vice President or other officer of the ABA organization.
· Written warning issued by ABA organization.
· Membership suspension for 6 months or greater as determined by the ABA organization.
· Membership suspension for 1 year or greater as determined by the ABA organization.
· Permanent membership suspension as determined by the ABA organization.
All final disciplinary actions and decisions are up to the complete discretion of the Officers and Board of Directors of the American Bantam Association. The American Bantam Association may modify and/or update any portion of this Code of Conduct at any time.
Last Update: 11/9/2018