2019 PRCA Rule Book

B12.2.3 Class V Offenses. In circumstances where the conduct of the accused is found by the Board of Directors to be extremely damaging to the PRCA, its Members, or the sport of rodeo, the Board may, by a vote of two-thirds of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, expel such Member from the PRCA indefinitely. As a corrective or disciplinary measure, the Board of Directors, by a vote of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, may issue a reprimand, impose a fine, or suspend a Member for a period of not more than five years, or any combination of such penalties. The decision of the Board of Directors under this Section B12.2.3 may not be appealed under the grievance process. B12.2.4 Contesting a Disciplinary Action and Cash Bond. Any Member who wishes to contest (i) a disciplinary action taken against him by the Director of Rodeo Administration under B12.2.1 for a Class III Offense, (ii) the imposition of a Discretionary Penalty under Part R11.5 of the Official Rodeo Rules in connection with a Class IV Offense, or (iii) an assessment of a cost or fee pursuant to Section B12.7 of these Bylaws may utilize the grievance process to appeal the action. In such cases, the grieving Member may bypass Step 1 of the grievance procedure outlined below and submit a full position statement (detailing all mitigating circumstances and other grounds for disputing the discipline impose) to the CEO under Step 2 of the grievance procedure. The disciplinary action may thereafter be appealed to the Grievance Review Committee under Step 3 of the grievance procedure if the grieving Member is dissatisfied with the CEO’s decision under Step 2. Upon application by the Member, the Director of Rodeo Administration may, but shall not be obligated to, allow the Member to compete at PRCA rodeos or otherwise participate in PRCA activities during the grievance process if the Member posts a cash bond with the PRCA; the amount of the cash bond shall be equal to 50% of any monetary penalty imposed, and in the event of a disciplinary suspension, in an amount determined by the Director of Rodeo Administration, but not less than $1,000. B12.2.5 Review of Decision by Board of Directors. If the final decision on the grievance rendered by the CEO or the Grievance Review Committee, as the case may be, is adverse to the Member and the Member is found guilty of a Class III Offense or liable for the Discretionary Penalties costs or fees assessed, the grievance decision and finding shall be reported to the Board of Directors. The Board may review the matter and, by a vote of seven members, may increase the amount of the fine or the length of the suspension imposed. By a unanimous vote of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, the Board may take action to expel the Member for the PRCA, in the event the Board should determine that such additional disciplinary penalties are warranted under the circumstances involved.

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