Ethics

Additional Information

TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Regional Associations' Codes of Ethics

Pacific Sociological Association

The PSA does not currently have a code of professional ethics, but according to Executive Director Dean Dorn it is an agenda item for their next council meeting and Director Dorn plans to recommend accepting the ASA’s code. He has stated his willingness to contact us in the future for help and guidance.

After their 2007 annual meeting (3/07), Dean Dorn has reported that they have formed a subcommittee to look into the issue and report back to the council at a later date. He has explicitly said that they are in no rush to finalize this because they haven’t had an ethics complaint in many years.

Southern Sociological Society

The SSS appointed a committee to look into a code two years ago and they have yet to finish their work. According to Martin Levin, Secretary and Treasurer of SS, it seems quite likely from their deliberations that they will move to adopt the ASA’s code. Levin also has said “we will indicate that the Society subscribes to the code of professional ethics as articulated in the ASA Code of Ethics. In addition, we will likely specify that any case brought to our attention that would also be a case appropriate for ASA should be handled by ASA, not by SSS. For cases appropriate for the Society to handle, we will devise an administrative structure similar to, but not exactly like, that specified in the ASA Code of Ethics. Of course, once the Executive Committee and the committee working on the code of ethics produces a mutually acceptable design, we will present it to the membership for discussion and ultimately submit it as a By-Law amendment for the membership to approve or reject.”

Sociologists for Women in Society

SWS does not currently have a code of ethics, but Executive Officer Jessica Holden Sherwood has polled the executive council and found general interest in working with the ASA to establish one. She has suggested that they develop a task force within their organization that will draft their own code using the ASA’s as a starting point. They have expressed their openness to alternative suggestions and collaboration with the ASA.

Midwest Sociological Society

On their website MSS states that “Members of the Midwest Sociological Society subscribe to and are bound by the Code of Ethics of the American Sociological Association. To read the Code in its entirety, please visit the ASA online at www.asanet.org and follow the link to “Ethics.”   http://www.themss.org/aboutmss.html

Mid-South Sociological Association

In the “policy and procedures” section of their website they have an extensive code of professional ethics that is introduced as “an adaptation of the ASA committee on professional ethics and Code of Ethics.” This is included under the heading of “policy statements and constitution” on their website. http://www.midsouthsoc.org/ethics.htm

North Central Sociological Association

Under the “about us” section of their website they have a prominent “code of ethics” portal that directs the viewer to a 10-point code of ethics that they claim is drawn from the ASA’s code “which NCSA adheres to in all respects.” http://www.ncsanet.org/CodeofEthicsFinal.pdf

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

In a sidebar link on their main page that is titled “code of ethics” the AACS has an extensive and detailed code that is introduced as closely following the SPA, SAS, and ASA codes. The code has a preamble, 8 major principles, and sections on violations and amendments. http://www.aacsnet.org/wp/?page_id=47

Association for the Sociology of Religion

The ASR, in their constitution and bylaws says “the Association subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the American Sociological Association [to read the ASA Code of Ethics click here], and it will be a purpose of the Association to promote the highest professional and scientific standards for research and publication in the sociology of religion.” http://www.sociologyofreligion.com/ASRCONST.HTML#ASRCONST

Population Association of America

From a link on their page “about the PAA” you can find their statement on ethics which says: “The Population Association of America does not prescribe specific ethical standards but expects that its members maintain familiarity with ethical principles and actively seek to identify and address any ethical issues that may arise in the course of their professional activities. To assist members in this endeavor, the PAA wishes to draw their attention to the codes of ethics and statements of ethical principles developed by sister professional associations.