As in any organization, on occasion the need for disciplinary action occurs. A probationary system has been set up to minimize having the reputation of AMA-chartered organizations damaged.
The AMA, clubs, promoters and members have put a great deal of effort into earning a reputation of honor and respect. Actions by the whole organization or individual members that reflect negatively on motorcycling can affect the AMA. Such activities can become the basis for a review of a charter and possible charter revocation.
Also, infringements of charter requirements can also become the basis for probation or revocation.
Review of a charter may be undertaken if written complaints are received by the AMA. On receiving such complaints, the organization may be placed on temporary probation pending review. In serious cases, a staff report will be delivered to the AMA Board of Directors, which may decide on extended probation or immediate revocation of a charter. The Directors may establish any terms of probation they consider appropriate.
The following guidelines will be followed when review, probation, suspension or reinstatement of an AMA-chartered organization is considered:
- The AMA may place an organization on temporary probation during a staff investigation. Temporary probation continues for at least three months, but not longer than a year without a recommendation to the AMA Board of Directors.
- On completion of its investigation, the AMA may reinstate an organization, or deliver to the Directors a recommendation for extended probation or revocation of a charter.
- If a case is considered by the AMA Directors, the organization will be notified and will be able to appear before the Board.
- The Directors may reinstate the organization, place it on probation for up to 3 years, or revoke its charter permanently.