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The Grievance Process
A Resolution Committee has been formed to hear and resolve complaints and disagreements, as well as violations of the Institute’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics. This committee is charged with resolving all disputes relating to:
The AIBD Bylaws Article IX, § 6, give authority to the Resolution Committee to hear and resolve complaints within the purposes defined in the bullets above as they pertain to AIBD membership.
The NCBDC Policies and Procedures give authority to the Board of Examiners to hear and resolve complaints within the purposes defined in the bullets above as they pertain to certification.
NEITHER the Resolution Committee nor the Board of Examiners has authority to render an opinion on any matters that involve legal issues or arbitrate financial disputes.
Who makes up the Resolution Committee?
The Resolution Committee consists of three volunteer Certified Professional Members. The chairperson is appointed by the AIBD President; the Institute’s Immediate Past President is the second member; and the third committee member is appointed by the AIBD College of Fellows from its membership.
Who makes up the Board of Examiners?
The Board of Examiners is a group of at least nine and no more than twelve volunteer Certified Professional Building Designers chosen to serve based on their personal experience and knowledge in various interest areas.
Major and Minor Infractions
Examples of major infractions of the Institute’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics shall include but are not limited to:
Examples of minor infractions of the Institute’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics shall include but are not limited to:
In cases involving membership, the Resolution Committee may render an opinion in favor of the defendant and dismiss the complaint or they may render an opinion in favor of the complainant and take any of the following actions:
If the suspension or termination is recommended, it would be the House of Delegates who would consider the recommendation and take action. Termination would require a two-thirds affirmative vote while suspension is determined by a simple majority. The House of Delegates meets twice each year; once in January or February and once in July or August.
The NCBDC Board of Examiners handles all complaints and actions involving persons who are certified by them. However, if the defendant is also an AIBD member, the Board of Examiners will delay any action until the Resolution Committee has resolved the complaint. The Board of Examiners may levy fines, letters of reprimand, suspension, probation, termination or other such action as might be deemed appropriate. A two-thirds affirmative vote by the Board of Examiners shall be required for action involving loss of certification; a simple majority vote is required for all other disciplinary actions.
Either the defendant or the complainant may appeal any opinion rendered by the Resolutions Committee. This request must be made to the AIBD National Office in writing, and the dispute will be placed on the agenda of the next House of Delegates meeting. The national office will provide notice to all parties thirty days prior to the House of Delegates meeting. The party filing the appeal (or their assigned proxy) must appear before the House of Delegates to explain the reason for the request. Failure to appear without sufficient reason will cause the immediate dismissal of the appeal.
Decisions made by the House of Delegates, in the case of membership, and the Board of Examiners, in the case of certification, are final.