Last modified: March 15, 2013
The Association for the Tutoring Profession hereby adopts the following Principles of Ethical Standards. The ATP commits its members and student affiliates to comply with these ethical standards. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of ethical standards is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct.
The procedures for filing, investigating and resolving complaints of unethical conduct are described in the current Rules and Procedures of the ATP Ethics Committee. ATP may impose sanctions on its members for violations of the Code of Ethics, including termination of ATP membership, and may notify other bodies and individuals of its actions.
CODE OF ETHICS*
1. Best Interest: Tutors will be committed to acting in the best interest of tutees as specified by the employing organization or institute.
2. Responsibility: Tutors will take responsibility for their own behavior and work to resolve conflicts that may arise between themselves and a client.
3. Integrity: Tutors will practice and promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness.
4. Fairness: Tutors will exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices.
5. Commitment: Tutors will fulfill commitments made to learners.
6. Respect for Others Rights and Dignity: Tutors will respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality and self-determination.
7. Excellence: Tutors will strive to maintain excellence by continuing to improve their tutoring skills and engage in applicable professional development activities.
8. Respect for Individual Differences: Tutors will respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status.
9. Professionalism: Tutors will not engage in inappropriate relations with tutees.
10. Confidentiality: Tutors will maintain the highest privacy standards in terms of protecting personal information relative to those whom they tutor.
* The ATP expects tutors in private practice to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Education Industry Association
ATP ETHICS COMMITTEE RULES AND PROCEDURES
I. General: The purpose of this document is to facilitate the work of the Association for the Tutoring Profession Ethics Committee by specifying the procedures for processing cases of alleged violations of the ATP Code of Ethics, codifying options for sanctioning members, and stating appeals procedures. The intent of this committee is to establish guidelines of professional conduct for tutors to promote sound ethical practices.
II. Ethics Committee Members: The Ethics Committee shall consist of five (5) members of the ATP including the ATP Vice-President.
III. Role and Function: The Ethics Committee is responsible for:
1. Educating members about the ATP Code of Ethics.
2. Reviewing and recommending changes in the Code of Ethics of the ATP as well as Policies and Procedures for processing complaints of ethical violations.
3. Receiving and processing complaints of alleged violations of the ATP Code of Ethics.
4. Receiving and processing requests for interpretations.
5. The Ethics Committee members have an obligation to act in an unbiased manner, to safeguard the confidentiality of the Committee’s activities, and to follow procedures established to protect the rights of all individuals involved.
IV. Eligibility to File Complaints:
The Ethics Committee will receive complaints from any individual who has reason to believe that the ATP Code of Ethics has been violated by one of its members.
V. Filing Complaints:
1. Only written complaints, signed by complainant, will be considered.
2. The complaint must include:
a. name and address of the complainant;
b. name and address of the charged tutor;
c. name and address of any other persons who have knowledge of the facts involved; and
d. A brief description of the reason why the complaint is being filed.
VI. Time Lines: The time lines are guidelines only and were established to provide a reasonable timeframe for processing complaints. The complaint will be assigned to one of the Committee members to determine whether the complaint, if true, would violate one or more areas of the Code of Ethics.
1. The complainant will be notified of the decision of the Ethics Committee twenty one (21) days from receipt of the complaint.
2. If the Committee has adequate evidence that a violation of the Code of Ethics has occurred, a formal complaint will be mailed to the tutor by U.S. certified mail with return receipt requested, a copy of the Code of Ethics.
3. The tutor is given fourteen (14) days to respond to the charges.
4. The Ethics Committee will review all information and determine whether violations are valid, the seriousness of the offense and will recommend a course of action.
VII. Appeals: Once a tutor received notification that he/she has been found in violation of the Code of Ethics, he/she will have fourteen (14) days to appeal.
A. An appeal shall include: a letter stating the reasons for the appeal; extenuating circumstances concerning the violation; any new evidence in the case; and a request for a review of the situation.
B. A quorum of the Ethics Committee will review the appeal, render a decision, and notify the tutor of the decision within fourteen (14) days.
VIII. Sanctions: The Ethics Committee will review the nature and severity of the violation and determine sanctions to be imposed:
Sanctions may include:
-Revocation of tutor certification
-Revocation of Membership in the ATP
-Probation for a specified period of time with requirements that need to be met prior to regaining eligibility for membership
-Other corrective action