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REGION 10 ETHICS PRESENTATION IEEE REGION 10 ANNUAL MEETING QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA 19 SEPTEMBER 2008 DANIEL S. YEUNG CHARLES E. HICKMAN
REGION 10 ETHICS PRESENTATION Introduction Professional ethics issues Overview of IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC) EMCC assignments and accomplishments IEEE Code of Ethics revision IEEE liaison with National Institute for Engineering Ethics IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices IEEE Student Ethics Competition
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS ETHICS: Rules of conduct recognized in respect to the actions of persons in the profession CODE OF ETHICS: Governs the behavior of members of the profession; usually written in general terms CORPORATE ETHICS: Composed of individual actions; may be governed by legislation, may be influenced by competition/economics
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS EXAMPLES OF ETHICS ISSUES Price fixing/reciprocal agreements Bribery/kickbacks Advertising Confidential/proprietary information Intellectual property Financial fraud Identity theft
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS Intellectual property refers to the protection of ideas with patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets Patents – Concept in United States Constitution Copyright infringement – Google library project? Trademarks – Immediate customer recognition Trade secrets – Unauthorized use is an unfair practice Plagiarism/self-plagiarism Academic copy-and-paste papers IEEE Xplore and Google links
ETHICS AND MEMBER CONDUCT COMMITTEE (EMCC) MISSION The Ethics and Member Conduct Committee advises the Board of Directors on ethics policies and concerns, as well as fosters awareness on ethical issues and promotes ethical behavior among individuals and organizations working within IEEE fields of interest.
ETHICS AND MEMBER CONDUCT COMMITTEE (EMCC) SCOPE IEEE Bylaw I The Ethics and Member Conduct Committee shall make recommendations for policies and/or educational programs to promote the ethical behavior of members and staff, and shall consider instituting proceedings, as defined in IEEE Bylaws I-110 and I-111, related to matters of member and officer discipline and requests for support. Neither the Ethics and Member Conduct Committee nor any of its members shall solicit or otherwise invite complaints, nor shall they provide advice to individuals.
IEEE BYLAW I-110 MEMBER DISCIPLINE AND SUPPORT Cause for expulsion, suspension or censure Member conduct complaints Hearing board Requests for support Misrepresentation
PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING MEMBER CONDUCT COMPLAINTS l The EMCC receives complaints from members about the conduct of other members. l The EMCC conducts a preliminary investigation. l If the EMCC finds that the facts can be proven and constitute cause for l censure, l suspension, or l expulsion a Hearing Board is convened. l The Hearing Board deliberates. l The IEEE Board of Directors takes final action. See Bylaws I-110 and I-111 and Policy 7.11
IEEE CODE OF ETHICS HAS A LONG HISTORY l 1912 – Code adopted by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). l 1963 – IEEE endorsed Canons of Ethics of Engineers after AIEE/IRE merger. l 1974 – Board of Directors approved IEEE Code of Ethics for Engineers. l – Code underwent a few revisions. l 1990 – Board of Directors approved simplified IEEE Code of Ethics. l 2006 – Board of Directors approved revision to the IEEE Code of Ethics.
IEEE CODE OF ETHICS REVISION We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree: 1. to accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment.
LIAISON WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ENGINEERING ETHICS l National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE) encourages cooperation among individuals, universities, professional and technical societies and business organizations with regard to engineering ethics l Liaison provides the IEEE with a voice in determining the format and content of NIEE projects and an opportunity to interact with other professional engineering societies
IEEE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ETHICAL PRACTICES Description of the award: For (a) exemplary ethical behavior/practices and/or (b) persuasive advocacy or promotion of ethical behavior/practices. Eligibility: Members of the IEEE and organizations that employ IEEE members. Nominations: Details for nominations available on EMCC website (www.ieee.org/ethics).www.ieee.org/ethics EMCC REQUESTS YOUR SUPPORT AND NOMINATIONS FOR THIS AWARD.
STUDENT ETHICS COMPETITION GOALS l Foster familiarity with IEEE Code of Ethics and concepts l Promote a model for discussing and analyzing ethical questions l Learn about ethics in a fun context l Provide experience in applying ethical concepts to hypothetical professional situations l Supplement Regional/Sectional ethics programs
STUDENT ETHICS COMPETITION GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS l Funding for maximum of 10 events per year spread among the 10 IEEE Regions l Competition is suggested to be between 4 to 6 teams made up of 2 to3 IEEE Student/Graduate members Each team represents their student branch or similar group Each team is sequestered and given a period of time to prepare a presentation and defense of an ethical situation provided by the sponsor Each teams presentation/defense will be judged by a group of 3 to 6 judges using a standardized judging form.
STUDENT ETHICS COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS l Schedule a Student Ethics Competition in your Region, Section and/or Chapter Access Guidelines and Requirements Select an IEEE program/venue that will attract sufficient student involvement Establish a management team and panel of judges Select a case from the EMCC portfolio or produce your own Notify EMCC about plans and request funding approval at
CONCLUSIONS A goal of EMCC is to focus on outreach by developing an Ethics Speaker list, preparing ethics training and lecture materials, and possibly making ethics case studies available online. The IEEE Institute publishes ethics articles Ethics awareness outreach includes Regions, Sections, Chapters, Branches.... Current areas of ethics awareness include IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices Student Ethics Competition
Contact/Web Information l To make inquiries or to request resource materials l Web: