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Interest Group Dissolution Process Overview

This document covers Interest Groups that either (1) are not compliant with the obligations outlined in the CLA Interest Group Leader Guidelines, or (2) voluntarily ask to be dissolved. Included is a checklist of procedures for CLA’s Interest Group Committee and CLA staff to follow once an Interest Group has been dissolved. 

Noncompliance 

Interest Groups that are not compliant with the obligations outlined in the CLA Interest Group Leader Guidelines may be subject to dissolution by the CLA Board of Directors. 

If a group is not in compliance, the following steps will be taken: 

  • The Interest Group Committee will work with the Interest Group leader to identify why the obligations have not been met and what assistance might be provided to help the group meet its obligations. 
  • If the leader or other group members demonstrate that, with support, the group should continue, CLA staff and the Interest Group Committee will work with the Interest Group to help it maintain activity and meet its obligations. 
  • If a group is unable to meet its obligations, then the Interest Group Committee will recommend to the Board of Directors that the Interest Group be dissolved. 

Interest Groups that voluntarily ask to be dissolved 

Interest Group leaders may request the CLA Board of Directors to dissolve the Interest Group they represent. 

If a request is received by the CLA Board of Directors to dissolve an Interest Group, the following steps will be taken: 

  1. The Interest Group Committee will work with the Interest Group leader to confirm that the group should be dissolved. This might include corresponding with other members of the group to identify whether someone would like to assume leadership of the group. 
  2. If a new leader is identified and the continuation of the group is considered viable, CLA staff and the Interest Group Committee will work with the new leader to help the group demonstrate activity and meet its obligations. 
  3. If the group is unable to meet its obligations, then the Interest Group Committee will recommend to the Board of Directors that the Interest Group be dissolved. 

Checklist of tasks to carry out once a group has been dissolved 

The following tasks should be carried out by CLA staff members once an Interest Group has been dissolved: 

  • Notify members that the group is being dissolved. 
  • Remove the group from CLA’s website. 
  • Disable the group’s listserv and store the list’s archives. 
  • Archive the group’s e-newsletter (if a newsletter has been produced). 
  • Remove the group’s leader(s) from CLA’s Interest Group leaders’ listserv. 
  • Check whether the group has outstanding commitments to conference, the Spring Fling, or other activities.