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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 11B : Nonprofit Corporations

Chapter 006 : Members and Membership

Subchapter 003 : Resignation; Termination

(Cite as: 11B V.S.A. § 6.31)
  • § 6.31. Termination; expulsion and suspension

    (a) No member of a public benefit or mutual benefit corporation may be expelled or suspended, and no membership or memberships may be terminated or suspended except pursuant to a procedure which is fair and reasonable and is carried out in good faith.

    (b) A procedure is fair and reasonable when either:

    (1) the articles or bylaws set forth a procedure that provides:

    (A) not less than 15 days prior written notice of the expulsion, suspension or termination and the reasons therefor; and

    (B) an opportunity for the member to be heard, orally or in writing, not less than five days before the effective date of the expulsion, suspension, or termination by a person or persons authorized to decide that the proposed expulsion, termination, or suspension not take place; or

    (2) it is fair and reasonable taking into consideration all of the relevant facts and circumstances.

    (c) Any written notice given by mail must be given by first class or certified mail sent to the last address of the member shown on the corporation’s records.

    (d) Any proceeding challenging an expulsion, suspension, or termination, including a proceeding in which defective notice is alleged, must be commenced within one year after the effective date of the expulsion, suspension, or termination.

    (e) A member who has been expelled or suspended may be liable to the corporation for dues, assessments, or fees as a result of obligations incurred or commitments made prior to expulsion or suspension. (Added 1995, No. 179 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.)