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Policy for Participants Joining or Leaving the LLP Program

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This policy determines how Gemini Participants (countries) may join or leave the LLP Program.  It was agreed by the Gemini Board of Directors at its May 2018 meeting. 


Participants may enter the LLP Program at any time as long as the first time requested is in a B Semester, at which time their queue allocations will be decreased by a maximum of 20% (this is a cap, not an absolute charge per Semester) until they exit.


Participants wishing to withdraw from the LLP program must declare their intention to do so at the final Board meeting in the year, and must confirm their withdrawal to the Observatory by the end of November. All LLPs led by that participant will cease as LLPs at the end of the next A semester. The exiting participant may choose to move uncompleted LLP programs into their regular queue allocation from the next B semester.

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