PSR: Leader Accreditation Appeals Policies and Process

Leader Accreditation Appeals Policies and Process

Introduction

A local LLL Leader or LAD representative may determine that a Leader Applicant or interested mother does not meet the LLLI Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership. The Leader Applicant or interested mother may believe this determination is due to a misinterpretation of her experience, a lack of information gathered by the Leader or LAD representative, or an application of the prerequisites that is inconsistent with LLLI guidelines. The Leader Accreditation Appeals Process gives the opportunity to have the application reviewed by another LAD representative. Leader Applicants or interested mothers may not use this process to protest any LLLI policy, including the LLLI Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership.

General LLLI Leader Accreditation Appeals Process
  1. A copy of this policy will be included in the Leader’s Pre-Application Packet. When a decision is made by an LLL Leader not to recommend an interested mother, or a LAD representative determines that a Leader Applicant or interested mother does not meet the LLLI Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership, the LLL Leader or LAD representative will explain her decision to the mother and inform her of her right to appeal.
  2. A Leader Applicant or interested mother who wishes to appeal a decision that halts or prevents her application should do so within 30 days of receiving the notice of a decision. If there are extenuating circumstances that cause a delay of longer than 30 days, the person receiving the appeal will take these into consideration.
  3. All Leader Applicants or interested mothers will be notified in writing of appeals decisions within a reasonable amount of time. Responses will outline the rationale for decisions and the LLLI or LAD resources upon which the decision is based. Later reviewers will comment in writing on these citations if they decide to reverse a decision.
  4. At any point in the appeals process, LAD representatives may consult with other LAD representatives and with administrators outside the LAD if it will help with conflict resolution or objectivity, and their opinions will be documented in the file.
  5. In all cases, once an appeal has been made, the Leader Applicant or interested mother must have the opportunity to present her case to at least one other LAD representative who has not previously been involved, before her appeal reaches the DLAD stage. If there are no further administrative levels of LAD in her Area, a LAD representative from outside the Area may be asked to review the appeal.
  6. The appeals process will focus on dialogue that fosters communication and respect by working together to increase understanding of the LLLI Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership and the LLLI Criteria for Leader Accreditation.
  7. All communications used in an appeals process must be documented, including email, telephone calls, video or audiotapes, online or in-person meetings. Copies of appeal files will be sent to the DLAD and kept by her for a period of five years.
Stages of the Appeal Process
  1. If a Leader Applicant or interested mother wishes to appeal, she informs the local LAD representative. The Leader Applicant or interested mother will then be referred to an appropriate LAD representative, to whom she will explain why she believes that she should be recommended for leadership or should continue with her application. The LAD representative will dialogue with the Leader Applicant or interested mother until she is satisfied that all relevant information has been shared, and then give her recommendation or decision. The LAD representative will report her decision to the Leader Applicant or interested mother, the supporting Leader, and any LAD representatives who have been involved in the application and appeal.
  2. If the Leader Applicant or interested mother is not satisfied with the response received in Stage 1, she may appeal to the LAD representative at the next administrative level, following the same process as in Stage 1.
  3. If the Leader Applicant or interested mother is not satisfied with the response received in Stage 2, she may appeal to the Director of the LAD (DLAD,) following the same process as in Stage 1.
  4. If the Leader Applicant or interested mother is not satisfied with the response received in Stage 3, she may appeal to the LLLI Leader Accreditation Review Committee, following the same process as in Stage 1. The Leader Accreditation Review Committee will report its decision to the LLLI Board, the ED, the DLAD, all LAD representatives who have been involved in the application and appeal, the supporting Leaders, and the interested mother or Leader Applicant. The decision of the Leader Accreditation Review Committee is final.

(Feb 98; rev Feb 99, rev Apr 16)

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