AITP Standards of Conduct

These standards expand on the Code of Ethics by providing specific statements of behavior in support of each element of the code. They are not objectives to be strived for, they are rules that no true professional will violate. It is first of all expected that an information processing professional will abide by the appropriate laws of their country and community. The following standards address tenets that apply to the profession.

In recognition of my obligation to management I shall:

  • Keep my personal knowledge up-to-date and insure that proper expertise is available when needed.
  • Share my knowledge with others and present factual and objective information to management to the best of my ability.
  • Accept full responsibility for work that I perform.
  • Not misuse the authority entrusted to me.
  • Not misrepresent or withhold information concerning the capabilities of equipment, software or systems.
  • Not take advantage of the lack of knowledge or inexperience on the part of others.

In recognition of my obligation to my fellow members and the profession I shall:

  • Be honest in all my professional relationships.
  • Take appropriate action in regard to any illegal or unethical practices that come to my attention. However, I will bring charges against any person only when I have reasonable basis for believing in the truth of the allegations and without regard to personal interest.
  • Endeavor to share my special knowledge.
  • Cooperate with others in achieving understanding and in identifying problems.
  • Not use or take credit for the work of others without specific acknowledgment and authorization.
  • Not take advantage of the lack of knowledge or inexperience on the part of others for personal gain.

In recognition of my obligation to society I shall:

  • Protect the privacy and confidentiality of all information entrusted to me.
  • Use my skill and knowledge to inform the public in all areas of my expertise.
  • To the best to my ability, insure that the products of my work are used in a socially responsible way.
  • Support, respect, and abide by the appropriate local, state, provincial, and federal laws.
  • Never misrepresent or withhold information that is germane to a problem or situation of public concern nor will I allow any such known information to remain unchallenged.
  • Not use knowledge of a confidential or personal nature in any unauthorized manner or to achieve personal gain.

In recognition of my obligation to my employer I shall:

  • Make every effort to ensure that I have the most current knowledge and that the proper expertise is available when needed.
  • Avoid conflict of interest and insure that my employer is aware of any potential conflicts.
  • Present a fair, honest, and objective viewpoint.
  • Protect the proper interests of my employer at all times.
  • Protect the privacy and confidentiality of all information entrusted to me.
  • Not misrepresent or withhold information that is germane to the situation.
  • Not attempt to use the resources of my employer for personal gain or for any purpose without proper approval.
  • Not exploit the weakness of a computer system for personal gain or personal satisfaction.

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