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Synod Tightens Confidentiality Rules


Revised rules approved today will protect the privacy of victims and others bringing appeals and confidential documents to synod.

Delegates voted to prohibit synod records from publishing names when disclosure could potentially damage a person’s reputation. Confidential materials will be distributed only to committees dealing with the material, and names will be removed from documents if needed to protect someone’s reputation.

The same restrictions apply to recommendations made to synod from the Judicial Code Committee, which hears appeal of actions taken by CRC agencies or classes (regional groups of churches).

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