Membership Appeal Policy

Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
Policy for the Provision for Appeal of Board Decision on Membership

It is the policy of the RAILS Board of Directors to allow a prospective member or existing member to file a grievance asking for the Board's reconsideration of any decision that adversely affects membership, such as denial of membership approval or suspension from membership.

If a prospective member or existing member wishes to submit a grievance, it may do so by submitting a letter to the President of the Board of Directors of RAILS clearly stating the issue of concern.

The RAILS Board of Directors will formally consider the matter at a Board of Directors meeting occurring within 60 days of the receipt of the complaint. Complainants will be notified of the date and time of the Board's consideration of the matter. Complainants may attend the meeting and may address the Board of Directors following the policy of the RAILS Board concerning such comments. The Board of Directors will review the matter and take a subsequent, final vote.

Membership Appeal Policy - Originally Adopted by the Merger Transition Board on May 18, 2011
Membership Appeal Policy - Ratified by RAILS Board July 1, 2011