Provided the intention to conduct such a vote appears on the agenda, an Officer or Delegate of this Federation may be impeached by a secret ballot conducted at a membership meeting, if the number of votes for impeachment is equal to at least (2/3) of the number of members present at that meeting.
Within four (4) weeks of an impeachment vote, the party so impeached shall be accorded a full and impartial hearing by the Executive Committee. From the date of an impeachment, the Officer, Delegate or Representative shall cease to serve in any capacity for the Federation until the issue had been decided. Charges against the impeached person shall be presented to him/her and to the Executive Committee at least five (5) days before the hearing, and such charges shall be in writing. At the Executive Committee’s hearing, the person or persons making charges may appear and present any witnesses they deem essential to their position.
The impeached person likewise may present and may testify him/herself, may question those bringing the charges against him/her and their witnesses and may present witnesses of his/her own. The Executive Committee shall, upon the conclusion of the hearing, vote by secret ballot to determine their recommendation to the membership as to sustaining or overturning the impeachment. Such recommendation shall be by a majority of the Executive Committee members eligible to vote on this issue.
The Executive Committee’s recommendation plus a summary of the arguments presented at the hearing shall be prepared and mailed with a ballot to all members in good standing. This secret mail ballot shall be conducted by the Election Committee, and the ballot shall be mailed to the members within ten (10) days of the completion of the Executive Committee’s hearing, and the ballots shall be returned within ten (10) days of the mailing. If more than one-half (1/2) of the total membership votes for removal, the officer or delegate shall be removed.
The Executive Committee shall be empowered, after careful review, to remove an officer of the Federation after that officer has two unexcused absences from Committee meetings within an academic year.