After spending more than a year examining, soliciting comment, and updating the association’s Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, the NASFAA Board of Directors unanimously approved enforcement provisions that will take effect July 1, 2015. Over the course of the next year, NASFAA officers and staff will be implementing an educational campaign to ensure members are informed about these most recent changes.
Last year, the NASFAA Board appointed an Ethics Task Force made up of current and previous board members to work with NASFAA’s legal counsel in drafting a proposed set of enforcement procedures. After soliciting membership comment and engaging members during an open town hall at the NASFAA conference, the task force made several changes to procedures to ensure due process, fair representation, confidentiality whenever possible, and safeguards against frivolous or unwarranted accusations.
“Updating and reaffirming our principles and code were an effective first step towards reaffirming our professional commitment to students and the public,” said NASFAA National Chair Eileen O’Leary. “But to hold ourselves accountable to these standards, the NASFAA Board and NASFAA members felt that we needed to have provisions that would allow us to educate – and if necessary – sanction schools as a matter of last resort.”
Because several members had similar questions about the breadth of the enforcement procedures, NASFAA has published a Questions and Answers document to help members better understand the enforcement provisions.
“Our priority over the coming months is to provide members with the tools they need to understand our long-standing and newly revised standards put forward by the board of directors,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. “NASFAA board members and staff will be presenting on these items at state and regional meetings throughout the country and we will be publishing an ethical dilemmas series in Today’s News to provide case studies for discussion.
“The enormous amount of trust we receive from the public, lawmakers and (most importantly) students, requires us to hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards,” said Ethics Task Force Chair Mary Sommers. “We are proud of the work accomplished by the national association to update our ethical standards, and ensure that they are meaningful.”
The enforcement procedures will have no effect on NASFAA members who are already in compliance with the NASFAA Code of Conduct, as distributed by the NASFAA Board of Directors last spring. Members who may need to make changes to internal policies or procedures are being given ample time to make any policy or procedural updates. Questions regarding NASFAA’s Ethical Principles or Code of Conduct should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Date: 9/25/2014