Based on the provisions of Part 3 of the charter (hereinafter referred to as Charter) of Wikimedia Armenia (hereinafter referred to as Organization) approve the Organization’s membership regulations (hereinafter referred to as Regulations) according to the appendix.
Compiled on 01 July, 2020
Approved by Protocol Decision N 9 of the Board of "Wikimedia Armenia"
Scientific-Educational Non-Governmental Organization
This regulation defines the procedure for becoming a member of the Organization, receiving the title of honorary member, leaving the membership, termination of membership (expulsion from membership), application of disciplinary sanctions applied to members, features of members' rights and responsibilities, other provisions related to membership.
Article 1․Procedure for joining the organization, awarding the title of an honorary member
1․Legal persons, 18-year-old physical persons of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Artsakh, foreign countries who support the goals and activity of the Organization, who are willing to support the activities of the Organization and accept the provisions of the Charter and have been involved in any sphere of the Organization's activity for at least one year can become a member of the Organization.
2․ The membership to the Organization is on a voluntary basis, individually, according to the application (see Appendix 1 and 2), which is submitted to the Board. In the case of legal entities, the decision of the authorized body of the legal entity on granting membership is submitted.
3․All membership applications are reviewed, and a decision on them is made at the next session of the Board within a reasonable time. Taking into account the number of received applications, the Board may, by a simple majority of votes, decide to convene an extraordinary session at its preferred frequency. The person submitting the application should be duly notified about the decision of the Board. If necessary, the Board may request documents which are attached to the application to prove that the applicant meets the requirements set out in the Charter of the Organization and in accordance with this Regulation. In case of rejection of the application, the Board is not obliged to present the reasons for the rejection.
4․A person who has been terminated (expelled) from membership in the Organization may rejoin the Organization on a general basis one year after termination of membership, except as provided in Article 3.5.7 of the Charter in which case one year after elimination of the condition for the termination of membership, the membership is automatically restored based on application. In the latter case, the application must be submitted within one month after one year of expiration of the condition for the termination of membership.
5․The basic rights and responsibilities of a member of the Organization are defined by the Charter.
6․Honorary members of the Organization may be persons who have provided significant assistance in achieving the goals of the Organization.
The title of Honorary Member of the Organization or of the Board (hereinafter referred to as Honorary Member) is awarded by the decision of the Board.
Candidates for Honorary Members may be nominated by the members of the Organization or all collegial governing bodies. In order to nominate an Honorary Member, the given person or body submits an application-proposal, which the Board discusses at the forthcoming session and makes a decision. The decision can be appealed in general terms.
Article 2․Termination of membership in the organization
1․The membership of the member of the organization is terminated by the decision of the Board or automatically, if there is any of the grounds defined by the Charter.
2․Membership is considered terminated if:
2․1․An application for termination of membership has been submitted and/or the Board has made a decision on termination of membership.
2․2․The member has not performed and/or violated the obligations defined by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, the Charter, the Regulation based on the decision of the Board.
2․3․For no apparent reason, the member did not attend the General Assembly twice in a row, based on a decision made by the Board.
2․4․Avoided paying the membership fee set by the Board. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in accordance with the general decision-making procedure. Moreover, at the moment of adoption of this Regulation, no membership fee is defined.
2․5․There is an evidence that the person who applied for membership (application) at the time of membership did not meet the requirements for membership. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in accordance with the general decision-making procedure.
2․6․There is an evidence that the person provided false or unreliable information in the membership application or in the attached documents. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board with the general decision-making procedure.
2․7․Has performed an action(s) as a result of which material damage has been caused to the Organization and/or the reputation of the Organization has been damaged and/or its actions have not complied with the Charter and objectives of the Organization, regardless of the time of the action. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in accordance with the general decision-making procedure. The Board may, by its decision, oblige the member to compensate the damages caused to the Organization.
2․8․Spreads/creates an atmosphere of fear, enmity, hatred among the members and representatives of the Organization. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in a general decision-making manner.
2․9․Carries out obviously insulting actions against the members and representatives of the Organization. In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in accordance with the general decision-making procedure.
2․10․Did not fulfill at least one of the requirements of point 3.10 of the part 3 of the Charter․ In this case, the decision to terminate the membership is made by the Board in accordance with the general decision-making procedure.
2․11․Receives remuneration/salary from the Organization for paid services or a fixed-term and/or permanent employment contract, if the term of such service and/or employment contract is more than six months in total within one year from the moment of signing the first contract. In this case the membership is terminated automatically and is registered by the Board.
2․12․Was declared legally incompetent, missing or deceased on the basis of a court decision that entered into force. In this case the membership is terminated automatically and is registered by the Board.
2․13․Is deceased։ In this case the membership is terminated automatically and is registered by the Board.
3․In case of presence of any of the grounds for termination (expulsion) of the membership defined by the Charter, the Board discusses the issue of termination of the membership at its forthcoming session and makes a decision. The board may postpone the decision by requesting explanations from the member.
Article 3․Procedure for appealing decisions
1․Appeals against membership decisions must be made on the basis of part 10 of the Charter of the Organization.
2․A person who believes that his/her rights have been violated by a decision may appeal to the Board with a reasoned appeal.
3․The Board shall consider the appeal submitted to the Board in the forthcoming session within a reasonable timeframe. The person who filed the appeal shall be notified of the consideration by the same means that he/she filed the appeal to the Board. As a result of the discussion, the Board makes a decision on revoking the previous decision or rejecting the appeal.
The complainant may be present at the Board session, but his/her non-appearance is not a ground for making a decision.
Article 4.Final provisions
1․This Regulation shall enter into force upon publication.