Code of Conduct for Council Members

This Code of Conduct applies to all Council members including Leadership Council Officers, Leadership Council Members-at-Large and those serving on any Leadership Council Committee. All Council members agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


1. Upholding the Guiding Principles.

All Council members are expected to be familiar with and committed to upholding the Guiding Principles of Homeschool Adventures.

Failure to uphold the Guiding Principles is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


2. Upholding the Bylaws and other governing documents.

All Council members are expected to be familiar with and committed to upholding the Bylaws and other governing documents of Homeschool Adventures.

Failure to uphold the Bylaws or other governing documents is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


3. No "Backroom Deals."

All communication between Council members related to the carrying out of their duties as Council members must take place through official channels, as established by the Leadership Council, and must be accessible to all current Council or Committee members.

The Leadership Council will establish an email list for communication purposes. Leadership Council Committees may also choose to establish separate email lists for communication purposes.

All governance discussions must take place either via the established email list or at a meeting of the Leadership Council or of a Leadership Council Committee.

Leadership Council Committees are expected to keep a record of all proposals put before them and all actions taken by the Committee and to submit that record to the Leadership Council for review and to the Secretary for the official record.

If a Council member receives a private communication initiated by another member, they are expected to decline to participate in a private conversation related to their duties as a Council member. They may choose to ignore the communication but are encouraged to respond with a reminder of the Code of Conduct and a request that the matter be brought to the full Council or full Committee.

Initiating or participating in backroom governance discussions is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


4. No unauthorized actions.

No Council member may take any actions on behalf of (a) Homeschool Adventures, (b) the Leadership Council or (c) a Leadership Council Committee without the authorization of either the Leadership Council or the Executive Committee, as specified by the Bylaws.

Generally, this means that any official or unofficial actions must be first proposed to the full Leadership Council and then approved by a majority vote of either the Leadership Council or the Executive Committee, as specified in the Bylaws, before they can be undertaken.

Taking an authorized action is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


5. Transparency.

Council members commit to keeping the members informed not only of the Council's actions but of all proposals put forth before the Council.

This is primarily accomplished by posting meeting agendas and the meeting minutes to the website and member email list and regularly reminding members, via the member email list, that these resources are available to them.

Any significant action warrants a separate announcement and an invitation for members to comment on the proposed action.

Hiding or attempting to hide Leadership Council activity from the members of Homeschool Adventures is cause for removal from the Leadership Council.


6. Openness to ideas.

All proposals put forth before the Council must be given due consideration regardless of any Council members personal feelings about it.

Homeschool Adventures members are a large and diverse group. Council members are urged to remember that just because something is of no interest to them personally or strikes them as unnecessary or burdensome doesn't mean that the idea is not without merit or would not benefit the members of Homeschool Adventures. It is acceptable for Council members to state that they have no personal interest in a proposed project, but it is not okay to use one's own lack of personal interest as a measure of a project's value to others.

As a corollary, Council members are encouraged to take responsibility for ensuring those goals they personally value are realized. If you want something to happen, be the one who does it.