NTHS Ethic Committee Bylaw Proposal
Below is the proposed text for our bylaw amendments. These will be available to vote on at the following meeting. Feel free to provide comment at this meeting or in the comment section below.
CHAPTER 8. Code of Ethics
We are an honor society and expect our members to conduct themselves according to a code of ethics and a code of conduct that represents the chapter, the school, and the national society in a manner that is: attractive, respectful of others, demonstrative of the highest level of integrity, harmoniously effective, and therefore brings honor to the organizations we as members represent.
Ethics enables the best possible decisions concerning people, resources and the environment. Ethical choices diminish risk, advance positive results, increase trust, determine long term success and build reputations. Leadership is absolutely dependent on ethical choices.
Participation in the honor society helps students practice and develop a better sense of what Honor means and how ethics, values, and morals develop a higher caliber of character. By actively participating in the honor society the student will learn how a high standard of ethics leads to success. Members who act unethically can bring harm to their fellow members or dissuade the participation of other members, and as such must be held to a reasonable standard of behavior as representatives of the society.
If and when corrective action is required, the term of the action will be commensurate with the egregious nature of the behavior.
Chapter 9 Code of Conduct
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is a service organization and therefore, harmony and well-being of others, honesty, respect, and fairness, are the values that drive the ethical conduct of the Honor Society. This Code of Conduct describes checks and balances that monitors, develops, and establish the standard of conduct becoming and not becoming to members of the honor society.
Creating a threatening, hostile, or unsafe condition or environment, at any meeting, event, activity, or any situation where the member represents Orange Coast College and/or NTHS, is grounds for dismissal, and will prompt an Ethics Review of the member.
Prolonged absentee, or non-performance, by any member assigned to any office, activity, project etc. will prompt an Ethics Review of the member.
An ethics committee may be called at any time at the discretion of two Officers, or an Officer and an Advisor of the society, to discuss past or present behavior from a member of the society.
The Ethics Review committee shall be the Officers and the Advisor/s of NTHS. The findings of the Ethics Review committee may lead to but is not limited to: mandated training, a reprimand, a public apology, retraction, resignation, revocation of position or membership, a denial of member participation, etc. The nature of the corrective action is commensurate with, and depending upon, the egregious nature of the offense and/or frequency of occurrence. Decisions may be made at the discretion of the committee, but may also reference Federal, State, or Local laws, the District or School’s Code of Conduct, or precedent set by prior meetings of the Ethic Committee. The committee’s findings are final and not subject to appeal.
A member under investigation by the committee cannot be a member of the committee that is investigating them. A member under investigation for an unrelated incident may be allowed to serve on a committee with approval from an Advisor. Members under investigation may be barred from participation during the course of an investigation if the Advisor believes them to be a threat to themselves or others.
Ethics Review committee will assign two members of the committee to contact the member under review requesting a meeting with the committee. After the meeting with the member under review the Ethics committee will issue a decision, either in person or in writing, with two or more members present. All members of the committee are expected to act in a non-partisan, fair, and unbiased manner, and as such any member not under investigation may serve on a committee.
If the member does not respond within 7 consecutive days the committee will accept the lack of response as a resignation of the member from active participation in any and all activities of the honor society. The Ethics committee will then issue an attempt to communicate to the member under review acceptance of the resignation and issue a “Denial of Participation” until the member under review meets with the Ethics review committee. Members who disregard communications or are uncooperative with the investigation may have their case heard In Absentia, at the discretion of an Advisor of the society.
The findings of the committee are final, not subject to appeal.