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Guidelines For Audience Participation

Audience participation shall be permitted under Agenda Item 9.0 at regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. This portion of the agenda shall serve to give any member of the audience an opportunity to speak to any item on the agenda, to express an opinion or to comment on any other matter that relates to the college. It shall not be construed to be a question and answer period.

The total time allotted for audience participation shall be limited to twenty (20) minutes. Each person asking to speak shall be limited to no more than two (2) minutes to give as many people as possible the opportunity to speak within the total time allotted.

Those persons wishing to speak should raise their hands and the Chairperson of the Board will call upon as many people as possible. When called upon to speak, that person should please stand, approach the microphone, state his/her name and proceed with his/her comments.

Defamatory or abusive personal remarks are always out of order. The Chairperson of the Board may terminate the speaker's privilege of address if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks.

It is suggested that most matters can usually be handled faster and more efficiently if taken up directly with the appropriate member of the administration, rather than at Board meetings.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
Macomb Community College
September 21, 1971
Revised May 20, 1997
(Reviewed by Office of General Counsel, December 2011)