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2009 AICP Ethics

Questions on the AICP Code of Ethics

QuestionAnswer
What is the primary obligation of professional planners? The primary obligation of professional planners is TO SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
What is formulated through continuous and open debate? A CONSCIENTIOUSLY ATTAINED CONCEPT OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST is formulated through continuous and open debate.
Professional planners owe alliance to what? Professional planners owe alliance to A CONSCIENTIOUSLY ATTAINED CONCEPT OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
"To what do professional planners owe diligent, creative, and competent performance of the work we do?" "Professional planners owe diligent, creative, and competent performance of the work we do TO OUR CLIENT'S OR EMPLOYER'S INTEREST."
"Professional Planners should strive to achieve high ________ of professional integrity, __________, and knowledge." "A Planner should strive to achieve high _STANDARDS_ of professional integrity, _PROFICIENCY_, and knowledge."
From whom can you seek informal advise regarding ethics questions? The Ethics Officer
Is informal advice from the Ethics Officer binding upon the AICP? "No, but it will be considered in the event a charge of misconduct is later filed concerning the conduct in question."
To whom should a request for a formal advisory ruling regarding the propriety of a professional planner’s conduct be submitted? The Ethics Officer
Will the Ethics Officer provide a written charge of misconduct to the person who is accused of the misconduct? "Yes, whether or not the charge is to be summarily dismissed."
The Ethics Officer may initially respond to a charge of misconduct in what two ways? Dismiss the charge because it is clearly without merit or request that the Respondent provide a preliminary response.
"At least _______ before the hearing, the Ethics Officer and the Respondent shall exchange lists of proposed witnesses who will testify and copies of all exhibits that will be introduced at the hearing." "At least _30 CALENDAR DAYS_ before the hearing, the Ethics Officer and the Respondent shall exchange lists of proposed witnesses who will testify and copies of all exhibits that will be introduced at the hearing."
"When an appeal of the dismissal of a charge of misconduct is received, who gets to make the next determination?" "Ethics Committee, which will either affirm or reverse the dismissal."
"If there is a disputed matter in an ethics complaint and the respondent is granted a hearing with the Ethics Committee, are formal rules of evidence used?" There is no REQUIREMENT that formal rules of evidence be observed.
Identified Charging Parties who are notified of the dismissal of their ethics charges shall have ___________ from the date of the receipt of their dismissal letters to file an appeal with the Ethics Committee. Identified Charging Parties who are notified of the dismissal of their ethics charges shall have _30 CALENDAR DAYS_ from the date of the receipt of their dismissal letters to file an appeal with the Ethics Committee.
Is an AICP hearing on the charge of misconduct open to the public? No
Can a settlement be reached before a complaint is issued? "Yes, the Ethics Officer can negotiate a settlement between the Respondent and the Charging Party or, with the approval of the Ethics Committee, recommend one without the Charging Party's participation."
What is omitted from written formal advice given by the Ethics Officer? "Names and places, unless written consent of all persons to be named has been provided."
"AICP members may not perform work ... if, in addition to the agreed upon compensation, there is a possibility for direct personal or financial gain to us, our family members, or persons living in our household unless what?" "Unless the AICP member's client or employer, after receiving full written disclosure, consents in writing to the arrangement."
"As a salaried employee, can an AICP member undertake other employment in planning or a related profession, whether or not for pay?" "Only after providing full written disclosure to the employer furnishing the salary and having received subsequent written permission, unless the employer has a written policy, which expressly dispenses with a need to obtain such consent."
"If the Ethics Committee determines that the Ethics Officer has demonstrated that the Rules of Conduct have been violated, what are the possible forms of sanction?" "Reprimand, suspension, and expulsion."
Who can file a charge of misconduct against an AICP member? "Any person, whether or not an AICP member"
Is a planner who receives a charge of misconduct allowed legal representation? "Yes, either when a prelimanry response is requested or at any later point in the procedure."
The Respondent has how long from receipt of a Complaint in which to file an Answer? "30 calendar days, or 45 days if an extension was requested."
Who can give give formal advice on the propriety of a planner's proposed conduct? The Ethics Officer
The Ethics Officer will respond to requests for formal or informal advice within what time period? 21 days
What standard of proof must ethics charges meet? A preponderance of the evidence must indicate that misconduct occurred.
What is the name of AICP Code Section A? Principles to Which We Aspire
What is the name of AICP Code Section B? Our Rules of Conduct
What is the name of AICP Code Section C? Our Code Procedures
Who serves in the position of Ethics Officer? The Executive Director of the APA/AICP.
Are aspirational principles enforcable? "No, an allegation that a planner failed to achieve the aspirational principles cannot be the subject of a misconduct charge or be a cause for disciplinary action."
We shall always be conscious of _______. We shall always be conscious of _THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS_.
We shall have special concern for the _______ consequences of _______ actions. We shall have special concern for the _LONG-RANGE_ consequences of _PRESENT_ actions. We shall pay special attention to the _______ of decisions.
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