STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS by cot14472

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                                 STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
                                  AND PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS


This code of ethics shall apply to all members of the Faculty Association of Medicine Hat College.


1.     GENERAL PRINCIPLES

       1.    Every Association member shall perform the duties of his or her position with impartiality and
             diligence, with candour and fairness, with courtesy and good faith, and with the strictest integrity.

       2.    The Association member has a responsibility to abide by the policies and procedures established
             by the college, provided that these rules and regulations do not infringe upon the academic
             freedoms of any member of the Association or the ethical conduct as set forth in Association
             Bylaws or Code of Ethics. At the same time, members have a responsibility to seek reforms
             which would, in the judgement of the individual member, improve the College.

       3.    A member of the Association should avoid the appearance of professional impropriety. That is,
             he or she should act in a manner which promotes confidence in the teaching profession even
             when explicit guidelines do not exist.

       4.    As professionals representing the College in an official capacity, Association members shall
             recognize an obligation to do so accurately with no deliberate distortion. Association members
             retain the right as citizens to express personal views outside the College on matters of public
             interest.


2.     RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS

       1.    Association members may not inflict academic reprisals upon students for non-academic
             disagreements or conflicts.

       2.    Association members shall always be fair to students. It is unethical for a member to exploit a
             student for personal or private advantage.


3.     RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ASSOCIATION

       1.    Association members shall honour and uphold all agreements and policies adopted by the
             Association, and all verbal and written agreements among themselves respecting their
             professional responsibilities and obligations.

       2.    Association members should accept the professional obligation to participate, as workload
             permits, in service to the Association at the local and provincial levels.

       3.    No Association member or group of members shall speak for the Association without the
             knowledge and consent of the Association or its Executive Board.


4.     RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLEAGUES

       1.    Association members have the responsibility to encourage one another to abide by this Code of
             Ethics.
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      2.   Association members have the responsibility to encourage colleagues and work co-operatively
           with one another.

      3.   Association members shall refrain from making any false statements, written or oral, about other
           faculty members. In addition, Association members shall avoid all activities which undermine the
           confidence of students in a colleague.

      4.   Association members shall avoid damaging criticism of a colleague except to an officer or
           committee of the Association, and then only in confidence.

      5.   When presenting a professional judgement on a colleague to an appropriate college committee or
           authority, or to an outside institution, the faculty members has the obligation to be fair and
           objective.

      6.   It is unethical for Association members to divulge confidential information either pertaining to
           Association affairs or received in the course of his or her professional duties, except as required
           by law or consent of the Association.

      7.   Association members should always secure permission and give credit for the use of materials
           borrowed from colleagues.


5.    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

      1.   The Executive and President have a responsibility to serve in the best interests of individual
           members as well as the entire general membership of the Association.


6.    PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED UPON VIOLATION OF THE CODE OF ETHICS

     .1    Violations of the Code of Ethics should be taken directly to the person involved.

     .2    If the matter cannot be resolved with discussion between two members, it may then be brought to
           the Executive of the Association. Complaints shall be in writing and set out as follows:
           .1 the nature of the charge or complaint
           .2 the name or names of other Association members involved
           .3 the time, date and place of the alleged violation
           .4 a statement that the Association member has already brought the complaint to the attention of
                the colleague involved.

     3.    The Executive Board of the Association, acting as the Ethics Committee, will try to find the best
           way to resolve the problems referred to them.

     4.    In the event that the complainant(s) or the respondent(s) is an elected or ex-officio member of the
           Executive Board (Ethics Committee), he or she shall vacate his or her position on the Committee
           for the duration of the hearing. His or her position may be temporarily assumed by an Association
           member appointed by the Executive Board.

     5.    The Ethics Committee shall meet within ten working days of receiving a written complaint, and
           shall further meet as necessary to investigate and resolve the issue in the most expeditious way
           possible.

     6.    The Ethics Committee as a whole, shall make a decision as to whether the complaint falls within
           its jurisdiction and shall inform both parties of its decision to proceed or not to proceed with the
           complaint.

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 7.     The Ethics Committee as a whole, shall gather further information from both parties before
        preparing a written report which shall inform both parties of one of the following decisions:
        .1 no further action
        .2 a disciplinary measure.

 8.     If the decision of the Ethics Committee is disciplinary action, the Executive Board has the power
        to impose any of the following:
        .1 reprimand
        .2 suspension of voting privileges
        .3 probation from the Association
        .4 expulsion from the Association

        No penalty or penalties assigned by the Ethics Committee shall be applied until such time for the
        giving of notice of appeal has passed and no notice of appeal has been received.

 9.     The final report of the Ethics Committee shall include documentation of all meetings and
        investigative measures undertaken during the course of the investigation and shall be given to
        both parties and held on file in the Association office.

 10.    Either party to a charge of violation of this Code of Ethics may appeal any part of the decision or
        decisions of the Ethics Committee to the Bylaws Committee provided that new evidence relevant
        to the complaint has come to light or that either party’s right to due process was violated.

 11.    Notice of the appeal must be submitted to the President of the Association within ten working
        days of the receipt of the report of the Ethics Committee. Notice of such appeal shall include the
        explanation of the grounds for the appeal.

 12.    Upon receipt of a written notice of an appeal, the Bylaws Committee within ten working days, shall
        meet to determine whether or not the grounds for appeal are reasonable and sufficient.

 13.    If an appeal is granted the Bylaws Committee, within ten working days, shall meet with the Ethics
        Committee.

 14.    The Bylaws Committee shall render its decision in writing, to both parties and to the Ethics
        Committee within ten working days following conclusion of the appeal investigation.

 15.    If either party wishes one more avenue of appeal, they may take the issue to a general meeting,
        called especially for the purpose of hearing the appeal. The general membership shall vote on
        the issue, whose decision must pass by 51% of the members present. The decision of the
        general membership shall be final.

 16.    Timing of these procedures, both complaints and appeals, shall be computed exclusive of the
        months of December, July and August.




Accepted by the Faculty Association October 29, 1976
Reviewed May, 1991
Revised November 2003
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