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ASEE Professional Code of Ethics

The following list is the Code of Ethics for the American Society of Engineering Education, taken from their web resources (http://www.asee.org/member-resources/resources/Code_of_Ethics.pdf):

1. Ensure all graduates have an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibility.
2. Encourage students to use their knowledge and skills for the enhancement of human welfare.
3. Encourage students to be aware of the environmental and social impact of their solutions.
4. Maintain and improve their expertise by continuing professional development and provide opportunities for colleagues to do the same.
5. Undertake professional responsibilities only in the areas of their competence.
6. Be honest and impartial, with no tolerance for bribery, fraud, corruption, and academic dishonesty, and instill those same principles in their students.
7. Respect the intellectual property of others by properly attributing previous works and sharing appropriate credit with co-authors, including students.
8. Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest.
9. Build their professional reputations on the merit of their own work and the professional  partnerships they form.
10. Treat all persons fairly regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin.
11. Demonstrate respect for students and professional colleagues, never tolerating harassment.
12. Protect confidential information concerning students and professional colleagues.
13. Provide fair evaluations of students and professional colleagues that reflect the true merit of  their work.
14. Support other professional colleagues in following this code of ethics.

As professional code of ethics go, I find it fairly easy to be bound to follow these rules.  I like the idea that others are bound not only by a personal code to be respectful and supporting, but by a professional code as well.  Through I wish it wasn’t necessary to have to have such codes in place, having them explicitly stated so that everyone is on the same page makes it clear what ASEE, as a community, will tolerate and what it will not in terms of behavior from its members.


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