Conduct Policy

The Spirit We Create


Inclusivity and teamwork drive our success. We welcome, value and support people of all
backgrounds, ages, and identities. Although we may disagree, our disagreements are no excuse
for disrespectful behavior. We find strength in diversity. We depend on each other. We conduct
ourselves professionally and are kind to others. As a result of our behavior the Missoula County
Democrats is perceived to be an ethical, productive, and positive organization.


Conduct Policy for Officers, Members and Guests


This Policy governs conduct of members and guests at all meetings of the MCDCC (Members)
and the Executive Committee (Officers), and at programs sponsored by the MCDCC. It also
applies, as indicated to the conduct of Members and Officers of the MCDCC in other public
settings, including social media.


A. Discussion at meetings should proceed in an orderly fashion, as directed by the presiding
officer. Neither Members, Officers, nor guests are permitted to interrupt a speaker recognized by
the presiding officer, other than as permitted under the Rules, and shall seek recognition of the
presiding officer if they wish to speak during discussion. Members, officers, and guests shall
refrain from questioning the motives of other participants during discussion of an issue and shall
restrict themselves to the content of the issue under discussion.


B. Members and Officers shall not disparage each other, or other Democrats, at meetings or
otherwise in public.

The following provisions apply professional conduct expectations of
Officers but not to Members:

1. Officers are obligated to support nominees of the party: communications disparaging
party nominees or Democratic Party organizations may be grounds for initiating a proceeding for removal as an Officer.


2. Officers shall not disparage candidates for nomination in public. Officers may debate
the merits of candidates, but shall refrain from public communication which, if repeated after the primary, would constitute a violation of paragraph one.


3. Officers shall use a disclaimer above any message that is sent to the central committee when not speaking for the entire e board, that clearly states: “The following message
is my individual opinion and does not reflect the position of the executive board”.


4. Officers shall refrain from multi-signatory communication to the central committee.
Officers strive to speak with one voice as members of the executive board.
Communication to the central committee is either the whole executive board or
individual voices using the disclaimer in number 3, above.


5. Officers shall convene emergency executive board meetings, per the MCDCC rules,
to discuss and resolve emerging issues as needed as to not negatively impact the larger
central committee email list with what should be executive board business.


C. Members shall not disparage, defame, or threaten other members directly, indirectly, or by implication, at meetings, in public, on social media or in private communication.

This prohibition includes but is not limited to the following:


1. Members and Officers shall strive to use dispute resolution methods pursuant to these
Rules. Any Member or Officer who is the victim of a crime may report the matter to the
appropriate entity.


2. Members and Officers shall not contact or threaten to contact another Member or
Officer’s employer, or the officers or members of another organization, to complain about
the conduct of another Member or Officer at meetings, in public, on social media, or at
sponsored programs.


D. Conduct that violates the provisions of this Rule may be remedied as follows:     


1. If the conduct occurs during a meeting, the presiding officer may rule a member out of
order and, in an egregious case, may expel the Member, Officer, or guest from the meeting
pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order. Expulsion may be appealed to the body and
overturned by majority vote.
2. If the conduct occurs outside of a formal meeting, the following procedures shall be
applied:


a. An aggrieved party may make a complaint concerning a violation of this Rule to
the Chair, Vice-Chair, Record Secretary, or Treasurer. The officer to whom a
complaint is made (the Convening Officer) shall ascertain whether any of the other
officers are implicated in the violation.
b. The Convening Officer shall appoint a committee of two officers and two
members of the MCDCC to assist the Convening Officer in investigating the
complaint. None of the appointees may be implicated in the complaint. The person
complained about shall be given notice of the complaint, and of the appointment of
the investigatory committee. The complaining party, or the person complained
about, may make a prompt objection to the Convening Officer to the appointment of
any members of the investigation committee.
c. The committee shall speak to the parties involved, and to such witnesses as are
identified by the parties involved and shall review written communications that are
directly relevant to the complaint.
d. At the completion of its investigation, the Convening Officer shall convey the
investigative committee’s recommendation to the Executive Board. Both parties
involved may attend the Executive Board meeting that considers the
recommendations.

Recommended actions may include:

i. No action.
ii. Recommendation that one party to provide a remedy to the aggrieved
party, including potentially the direction to apologize to another.
iii. Censure; or
iv. If the complaint is against an Officer, recommend commencement of a
proceeding for removal of an Officer from the Executive Board.


e. The Executive Board shall discuss the recommendation of the investigative
committee and may take action different from that recommended by the
investigative committee. In reaching its decision the Executive Board may consider
mitigating and aggravating factors.
E. Violations of this Rule are not excused by a prior violation (or alleged violation) by another
party.
F. Complaints about violations made in bad faith or over de minimis violations may be
themselves considered to be violations and may be the subject of a complaint by the person
complained about.


Adopted this 9th day of June, 2020
/s/ Karen Wickersham                             /s/ Chase Gay
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Karen Wickersham, Chair                  Chase Gay, Recording Secretary