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IAFC - Ethical Guidelines
Contact: Ron Miller , Chair, IAFC Ethics Committee
Guidelines for Professional Conduct
All Members (students, affiliates, etc.) of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists shall observe the following guidelines in good faith:
1. Members shall conduct themselves in a professional manner.
2. Members shall not have a felony conviction, nor a conviction of a misdemeanor based on a felony charge. If a member is arrested on a criminal charge, membership will be suspended until the charge is resolved. If found guilty, membership will be terminated.
3. Members shall not have a conviction related to perjury or false testimony. If a member is arrested on such a charge, their membership will be suspended until the charge is resolved. If found guilty, membership will be terminated.
4. Members shall conduct all examinations and research in a generally accepted scientific manner.
5. Members shall assign appropriate credit for the work and ideas of others.
6. Members shall maintain an attitude of independence and impartiality in order to promote unbiased analyses and interpretations.
7.Members shall render opinions and conclusions strictly in accordance with the established facts and evidence.
8. Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications.
9. Members shall not misuse their positions as professionals for fraudulent purposes, or as a pretext for gathering information for any individual, group, organization, or government.
10. Members shall not practice outside their area of competence.
11. Members shall recognize an obligation to be knowledgeable regarding the methods and research in their areas of practice, to include the scientific limitations for all professional opinions and testimony. They shall also strive to make those limitations clear to others, and to refrain from leaving false impressions of their findings or certainty.
12. Members shall not use a position off authority to exploit or coerce students or subordinates.
13. Members shall recognize an obligation to maintain the ethical standards of the professional community, and carefully weigh the need to report unethical conduct that they have observed to the appropriate authorities when feasible.
for Violations of the Ethical Guidelines for Professional
There are three (3) types of sanctions for Applicants, Students, Affiliates, and Members of the IAFC who have been found to have violated the ethical guidelines set forth above:
The purpose of these sanctions is not necessarily to simply punish those responsible for unethical behavior, but to educate them, and give them an opportunity to make changes before more serious sanctions are levied. This provides a mechanism for identifying well intentioned individuals who err in judgment versus those whose ethics are at odds with those of the Academy.
Formal reports of ethics violations, with proper documentation, should be presented to the Ethics Committee within the Board of Directors. The Chair of the Ethics Committee shall investigate complaints regarding potential unethical conduct within the membership and then pass a recommendation along to the Board of Directors for an official vote.
No sanctions shall be given before those members involved are provided an opportunity to defend themselves.
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