Code of Ethics
The following is the text of the Code of Ethics adopted by the Council at its May, 2002 meeting:
The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has adopted this Code of Ethics to guide Member Institutions in their relation to each other. Each Member Institution is part of the broader academic profession of educating and training the generations of practitioners still to come.
Each has a responsibility to assist in the furthering of this academic profession, so as to result in practitioners of higher quality and the better protection of the public. The Council is formed with this purpose, a purpose that is encouraged to be shared by all Member Institutions.
- Member Institutions are encouraged to respect each other, particularly each other’s diversity of approach. Member Institutions are encouraged to collaborate on projects, wherever feasible and where appropriate through the Council, and outside the Council where that achieves mutual goals.
- Member Institutions are encouraged to share with each other publications and methods of operation by which all can benefit. Where appropriate, Member Institutions are encouraged to join together in research projects or in workshops to enhance teaching or other services, thus permitting a group of Institutions to accomplish what one alone could not do or could do only more expensively and inefficiently. Member Institutions are encouraged to make available administrators and faculty to participate in workshops, seminars, and other venues for the mutual education and advancement of all Member Institutions.
- Member Institutions should not disparage other academic institutions. Institutions are encouraged to impress upon staff and faculty that no person should discredit another institution by disparaging the character, nature, quality, value, or scope of its course of instruction or services; or by imputing to the other institution dishonorable conduct; or by adversely reflecting on it in any other material respect.
- At no time should Member Institutions, formally or informally, discuss with each other tuition rates, scholarship policies, limitation of enrollment, limitation of teacher salaries, or other practices that might be construed as being violations of antitrust laws or otherwise in restraint of trade.
- Member Institutions are encouraged to impress upon one another that each should treat their Member Institution colleagues with civility and respect. Each Member Institution is encouraged to be particularly aware of the importance of respecting different beliefs or opinions that may be held by one or more other Member Institutions. Although a CCAOM member should feel free to disagree with the opinion of another, distortion or misrepresentation of that opinion is unacceptable whether done at a CCAOM meeting or elsewhere. Positions are encouraged to be fairly summarized both at and outside of CCAOM meetings.
- A Member Institution is encouraged to respect the confidentiality of material or information received by the Member Institution, in either oral or in written form, from or about another Member Institution.
- CCAOM as an organization attempts to reach consensus on most issues before it so that the academic profession, as much as possible, may move forward together. Of course, during the discussion of an issue, each Member Institution is encouraged to disclose its views and present them freely. But then each Member Institution shall work with the whole in attempting to reach a consensus within which all, or most, are able to find comfort. However, if the general consensus is to adopt a policy with which a Member Institution feels strongly, a minority view can be expressed. The Member Institutions that adhere to the majority, consensus position shall respect the minority view, as shall the Member Institutions that adhere to the minority position respect the majority view. Those who adhere to the minority position should recognize that the consensus or majority position is the policy of the Council until altered by a consensus or majority of the Council.
- At all meetings of the Council, its committees, and workshops, seminars, or other venues sponsored by the Council, the representative(s) of each Member Institution are encouraged to act with dignity, respecting and honoring the rights of others to present views with which the representative may disagree.
- Member Institutions or officers who participate as a representative of the Council in events, panels, meetings, or other venues for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession or in public activities are encouraged to represent fairly the consensus or majority view of the entire Council, or the Executive Committee in lieu of appropriate timing of full Council meetings. At all times, the Council’s mission, goals, bylaws, and strategic plans must provide the guidance for the Council’s communications, activities, and decisions with the public.