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Resolutions and Motions Being Considered

The following resolutions and motions are being considered by the Board of Directors.

We welcome your input on any of the topics. Please send your comments to the Board of Directors before the closing of the discussion period.

Resolutions

BOD 20-2020

RESOLVED, That ArticleIV, Section 4.2.9, of the ASHA Bylaws be amended as follows (see underlined text) to change the title of an ASHA Board of Directors member from “Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy” to “Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy”:

9. Vice President for Government RelationsAffairs and Public Policy

Discussion open 10/17. Voting to occur at the October BOD Meeting, 10/17/2020.

BOD 21-2020

RESOLVED, That Article VIII, Professional Standards and Ethics, Section 8.1, Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, of the ASHA Bylaws be amended to include references to the Assistants Certification Program, certified assistants, and the Assistants Code of Conduct as follows (proposed new language is underlined; text to be deleted is crossed out): 

8.1. Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 

The Association, by action of the Board of Directors, shall establish and maintain a programs of clinical certification,and advanced clinical specialty certification, and assistants certification. The Association shall establish the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), which shall: define the standards for clinical certification and apply those standards in the certification of individuals; define the standards for clinical specialty certification; and make essential certification decisions as listed in the semi-autonomous entities agreement. The CFCC will accept, process, and rule on applications submitted for the creation of a Specialty Board and will monitor each Specialty Board in the implementation of mechanisms to verify compliance with the specific clinical specialty certification requirements. Members of the CFCC shall be appointed following policies established by the CFCC. The CFCC shall have final authority to establish and revise the standards and processes for: clinical certification of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and audiologists, clinical specialty certification programs, and recognition programs for support personnelassistants certification; and to suspend or withdraw clinical certification of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, and certification of assistants, audiologists in cases where clinical certification was granted on the basis of inaccurate information or where the individuals failed to comply with the clinical certification maintenance requirements. Subject to the application of established appeal procedures, all decisions of the CFCC including those above, as well as initial denial, suspension, withdrawal, or reinstatement of certification, shall be final. The CFCC authorizes the Board of Ethics to apply the Code of Ethics to certificate holders and to apply the Assistants Code of Conduct (hereafter, “Code of Conduct”) to certified assistants for violations and to impose sanction(s). 

Discussion open 10/17. Voting to occur at the October BOD Meeting, 10/17/2020.

BOD 22-2020

RESOLVED, That Article VIII, Professional Standards and Ethics, Section 8.3, Board of Ethics, of the ASHA Bylaws be amended as follows to meet certification best practices, comport with industry standards, and show transparency in professional discipline (proposed new language is underlined; deleted text is crossed out): 

8.3 Board of Ethics

The Association shall establish a Board of Ethics that shall (1) formulate, publish, and, from time to time, amend a Code of Ethics (hereinafter the "Code") containing the professional responsibilities by which members and certificate holders shall be bound and a Code of Conduct by which certified assistants shall be bound; (2) develop educational programs and materials on ethics for distribution to members and certificate holders, certified assistants, academic programs, and others; (3) adjudicate complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct; and (4) make essential decisions as listed in the Semi-Autonomous Entities Agreement. Members of the Board of Ethics shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Board of Directors shall approve any revisions to (1) the Code of Ethics, (2) the Code of Conduct, and (3) the procedures formulated by the Board of Ethics for processing allegations of Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct violations to ensure that they comply with basic due process considerations. The Board of Ethics shall determine sanctions for violations in its discretion as it deems appropriate, including a Reprimand; Censure; Suspension of membership and/or certification; Revocation of membership and/or certification; Withholding of membership and/or certification; ethics examination; and/or continuing education hours. Any appeal from a Board of Ethics Further Consideration shall be decided by the ASHA Ethics Appeal Panel. 

Discussion open 10/17. Voting to occur at the October BOD Meeting, 10/17/2020.

BOD 23-2020

RESOLVED, That Article XI of the current ASHA Bylaws be amended to read as follows (underlined text to be added), and further 

Article XI— Honors and Fellowship

11.1. Honors of the Association

The Honors of the Association recognize distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and are the highest honors the Association can give. The Honors of the Association may be presented to an individual member or an International Affiliate upon recommendation by the Committee on Honors and approved by 75% vote of the Board of Directors voting on the recommendation. 

RESOLVED, That this change go into effect January 1, 2021. 

Discussion open 10/17. Voting to occur at the October BOD Meeting, 10/17/2020.

BOD 26-2020

RESOLVED, That, in order to integrate fully the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Groups (SIGs) into the Association financially and programmatically (in accordance with the 2010 recommendations of the Task Force on Special Interest Divisions Structure, Programs, and Operations), a representative of the ASHA SIGs shall be included on the ASHA Board of Directors (BOD).

RESOLVED, That, in accordance with its charge to advise the BOD and recommend policies and actions, this representative shall be a member of, and elected by, the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC).

Discussion open until 10/17. Voting open 10/18–10/20.

Motions

There are no motions currently being considered.

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