Protest Rules * ALSA
Protest Intent Form (Form A)
* ALSA Protest Format (Form B)
The Protest Intent Form (Form A) shall be sent only to the Protest
Committee Chairperson along with the $250.00 fee within 10 business days of the
discovery of the alleged violation.
The ALSA Protest Format (Form B), completed in full, shall be sent only
to the Protest Committee Chairperson within 20 business days of the date of the
initial intent form.
The Chairperson of the Protest Committee shall then determine whether the
protest or complaint has met all the listed prerequisites and is “COMPLETE”.
(e.g. procedural guidelines: filed within 10 days of discovery by the protester,
accompanied by $250 fee, signed by the protester, etc.) If all the required
specifications have not been met, the protest is NOT COMPLETE and can not go
forward to the committee.
If the protest is deemed “COMPLETE” (meeting all the procedural
guidelines), the Protest Chairperson will then send a complete copy of the
protest letter (deleting reference to the protester and the accused person) to
all the Protest Committee members to determine whether it is a “VALID” or an
“INVALID” protest. The protest
is VALID only if ALSA rules or ethics have been violated.
If ALSA rules or ethics have not been violated, the protest is deemed
INVALID. The accused person(s) are
not notified of a protest against them at this time.
A courtesy copy, without identifications, will be sent to the Protest
Committee Liaison and to the ALSA BOD President.
If the protest is now voted “INVALID”, the Protest Chairperson will
inform the protester of the committee’s decision.
The $250 filing fee will not be returned.
If the protest is now deemed “VALID” (the protest is in violation of
ALSA rules or ethics), the Protest Chairperson will then send a complete copy of
the protest letter (deleting reference to the protester) to the accused person(s)
and give the accused an opportunity to present a defense.
The Protest Chairperson will further investigate the protest by
researching any observers or witnesses’ statements.
As much information as possible should be in written form.
All collected information will then be sent to all Protest Committee
members, without identifications, and each member will review the matter
individually, according to the ALSA Handbook, to determine whether the protest
must be UPHELD. If the protest is
UPHELD (the accused has been found guilty of a violation), the Protest Committee
will recommend an appropriate penalty to the BOD. Their recommendations must be returned to the Protest
Committee Chairperson within 30 days maximum.
If a group discussion is deemed necessary, the Protest Committee
Chairperson may call a meeting for further discussion of the protest only after
individual recommendations have been made. All conversations about protests will be dated and noted by
the Chair for future reference.
The Protest Committee Chairperson will compose a final letter of
recommendation based on the committee’s recommendations and forward it to the
BOD with all committee members recommendations attached.
There will be no identification as to the accused person(s) or the
person(s) filing the protest included. A
copy of the final letter of recommendation will also be sent to all the Protest
The Board of Directors will have the final word on the disposition of any
ALSA protest and will notify the Protest Committee Chairperson of their decision
and any disciplinary actions by letter.
The Protest Committee Chairperson will notify the committee members, the
protester, and the person(s) accused of the violation of the BOD decision by
If the protest is found “UPHELD”, filing fees will be returned to the
protester. If the protest is found
“NOT UPHELD”, the filing fees will not be refunded.
The ALSA Board of Directors will publish in the next issue of Showring
the final decision of the Board of Directors on any upheld protest.
The notification will include the name of the individual, group, or show,
and the violation as listed by Handbook section and paragraph, and penalties
incurred as well as the disciplinary action recommended by the Board of
Upon completion of each Protest, all documentation will be sent and filed
at the ALSA office without the inclusion of the name of the person(s) filing the
protest. The person(s) filing the
protest will remain confidential.
If a conflict exists for the Chair of the Protest Committee to be able to
perform his duties as Chair, then the duties are to transfer to the Ethics
Committee Chairperson that sits on the Protest Committee.
If the Ethics Committee Chair has a conflict, the duties are then
transferred to the Judge’s Committee Chairperson.
All involved individuals names will be confidential.
The protest is deemed COMPLETE if all prerequisites have been met.
The protest is deemed VALID only if an ALSA rule or ethics have been
The protest is deemed UPHELD only if the accused has violated ALSA rules