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(Page last updated 6/8/08)

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BYLAWS OF THE WISCONSIN TENNIS ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED    
Article V Board of Directors, Management Committee, and other Committees    
Section 5. Grievance Committee
    

a. The Committee shall be composed of three (3) members named by the President. It shall be responsible for enforcing the Bylaws, and all the rules and regulations of the USTA which are adopted by the WTA as a District member of the USTA, and the standards of conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship. The Grievance Committee shall operated under the following rules and regulations:  
  
b. Any written complaint must be filed within thirty (30) days following the date on which the alleged violation occurred, except that if the alleged violation is based on a falsification of age, or a falsification of any other information, such written complaint must be filed within thirty (30) days after discovery of such falsification. Whenever a written complaint is filed with the Chair of the Grievance Committee, charging that any person has violated any of the stipulations and standards specified in Article V, Section 5a, the Chair shall cause a copy of the written complaint to be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of such person, along with notice that it has been received by the Chair and requesting an explanation with ten (10) days after the mailing thereof by the Chair. Thereafter, upon a finding by the chair that such person violated one or more of the stipulations and standards specified in Article V, Section 5a, then the Chair shall have the power to suspend such person for such period as the Chair in his/her absolute discretion deems appropriate. Prior to taking such action, the Chair shall not be required to hold any further hearing, and such action may be taken by him/her without further investigation. The Chair shall promptly notify in writing the person so charged of his/her decision. A Vice Chair shall have all powers of the Chair and shall act when the Chair is unable to do so.

c. Within thirty (30) days after receipt of a written notice of the decision by the Chair or Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee, the person penalized may appeal the decision by addressing a written request to the Chair for a hearing before the entire committee. Upon receipt of such a request, the Chair of the Grievance Committee shall promptly fix a time and place for a hearing and shall give the penalized person not less than eight (8) days prior notice thereof. At any such hearing, the penalized person shall have the right to appear personally with not more than one representative or attorney, to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. The Grievance Committee shall have the power to affirm, modify, or reject the prior decision or to impose any additional penalties as it may deem appropriate. A majority vote of the Grievance Committee shall be sufficient to render a decision.  The Grievance Committee shall promptly notify the person penalized of its decision.

d. Instead of following the procedures discussed in paragraph (b) above, the Chair may convene the Grievance Committee to render a decision relative to a written complaint.  In that event, all procedures discussed in paragraph (c) above shall be followed including the imposition of all penalties indicated therein.

e. Any appeal from a decision of the Grievance Committee shall be made to the Management Committee within thirty (30) days after receipt of the written notice of the decision of the Grievance Committee. Such notice must be addressed to the President of the WTA requesting review by the Management Committee. The Management Committee shall promptly review the findings of the Grievance Committee, but is not required to hold a hearing unless in its absolute discretion it deems it necessary. The Management Committee shall have the power to affirm, modify, or reject the decision of the Grievance Committee, but may not impose harsher penalties. A majority vote is necessary for the Management Committee to reach a decision, and the decision shall be binding and final. The Management Committee shall promptly notify in writing the penalized person of its decision.

f. Any person who has been suspended or expelled pursuant to the provisions contained herein may be reinstated at any time by the Management Committee on evidence satisfactory to it that reinstatement is merited. Prior to taking any such action, the Management Committee shall obtain the recommendation of the Grievance Committee.

Board Members:

SO Debbie Burgess
Chair Eric Volcheff
Members
James Niquet
Bill VanLieshout
Staff Liaison Nancy Massart
 

 
 
 
 
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