Association Rules — 20. Ethics

20-1. Ethics Committee

20-1.1 The Ethics Committee shall consist of seven APA members and one public member, each elected for a term of three years.

20-2. Procedures and Rules

20-2.1 The Ethics Committee shall conduct as much of its business as is practical through correspondence. In addition to regular meetings, the Chair is empowered to call a physical meeting of the Committee on not less than two weeks' notice if circumstances require.

20-2.2 The Ethics Committee shall maintain a central file of material concerning ethical complaints and cases. The director of the Ethics Office shall have custody of the records of the Ethics Committee.

20-2.3 The Ethics Committee shall establish rules that govern its own procedures, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors acting for Council, and information about these rules may be communicated to any person inquiring about them.

The Ethics Committee is empowered to (a) investigate on its own behalf; (b) make use of other trusted persons to conduct investigations for it; (c) with the approval of the chief staff officer, employ counsel; and (d) expend funds in other ways that are germane to its purpose, subject only to the approval of the chief staff officer.

20-3. Confidentiality of Cases

20-3.1 Dissemination of any information concerning cases processed by the Ethics Committee shall be governed by the provisions of the APA Bylaws, notably Article XI, Section 5.

20-4. Review of the Ethics Code

20-4.1 The Ethics Committee shall have the responsibility from time to time of initiating a review of the latest formally adopted version of the ethics code or of any part of the code and proposing necessary changes or additions. In carrying out such a review, the Ethics Committee may set up such ad hoc committees as it finds necessary.

Cross Reference

  • See also "Voiding of Membership," "Termination of Membership," and "Reinstatement or Readmission" in Membership.