The code of ethics contained herein shall be considered to be principles of ethics. These principles are intended to aid members individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of professional conduct.
Section 1 - Commitment to the Individual
In fulfilling obligations to the individual, the member:
- Shall encourage independent action in an individual's pursuit of learning and shall provide materials with varying points of view.
- Shall protect the individual rights of access to materials of varying points of view.
- Shall guarantee to each individual the opportunity to participate in any appropriate program.
- Shall conduct personal business so as to protect the privacy and maintain the personal integrity of the individual.
- Shall follow sound professional procedures for evaluation and selection of materials and equipment.
- Shall make reasonable effort to protect the individual from conditions harmful to health and safety.
- Shall promote current and sound professional practices in the use of technology in education.
- Shall, in the design and selection of any educational program or media, seek to avoid content that reinforces or promotes gender, ethnic, racial or religious stereotypes. Shall seek to encourage the development of programs and media that emphasize the diversity of our society as a multi-cultural community.
- Shall refrain from any behavior that would be judged to be discriminatory, harassing, insensitive or offensive and, thus, is in conflict with valuing and promoting each individual's integrity, rights and opportunity within a diverse profession and society.
Section 2 - Commitment to Society
In fulfilling obligations to society, the member:
- Shall honestly represent the institution or organization with which that person is affiliated and shall take adequate precautions to distinguish between personal and institutional or organizational views.
- Shall represent accurately and truthfully the facts concerning educational matters in direct or indirect public expressions.
- Shall not use institutional or Associational privileges for private gain.
- Shall accept no gratuities, gifts or favors that might impair or appear to impair professional judgment, or offer any favor, service, or thing of value to obtain special advantage.
- Shall engage in fair and equitable practices with those rendering service to the profession.
Section 3 - Commitment to the Profession
In fulfilling obligations to the profession, the member:
- Shall accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the profession in terms of professional rights and responsibilities.
- Shall avoid commercial exploitation of that person's membership in the Association.
- Shall strive continually to improve professional knowledge and skill and to make available to patrons and colleagues the benefit of that person's professional attainments.
- Shall present honestly professional and personal qualifications and the professional qualifications and evaluations of colleagues.
- Shall inform users of the stipulations and interpretation of the copyright law and other laws affecting the professional and encourage compliance.