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American Sociological Association
Code of Ethics

(Approved
by ASA Membership in spring of 1997)

Download a PDF version (126KB) of the Code of Ethics here. To review the Code in HTML format, see links to individual sections of the Code below.

Introduction
Preamble
General Principles
Principle A: Professional Competence
Principle B: Integrity
Principle C: Professional and Scientific Responsibilities
Principle D: Respect for People's Rights, Dignity, and Diversity
Principle E: Social Responsibility

Ethical Standards

1. Professional and Scientific Standards
2. Competence
3. Representation and Misuse of Expertise
4. Delegation and Supervision
5. Nondiscrimination
6. Non-exploitation
7. Harassment
8. Employment Decisions
8.01 Fair Employment Practices
8.02 Responsibilities of Employees
9. Conflicts of Interest
9.01 Adherence to Professional Standards
9.02 Disclosure
9.03 Avoidance of Personal Gain
9.04 Decisionmaking in the Workplace
9.05 Decisionmaking Outside of the Workplace
10. Public Communication
10.01 Public Communications
10.02 Statements by Others
11. Confidentiality
11.01 Maintaining Confidentiality
11.02 Limits of Confidentiality
11.03 Discussing Confidentiality and Its Limits
11.04 Anticipation of Possible Uses of Information
11.05 Electronic Transmission of Confidential Information
11.06 Anonymity of Sources
11.07 Minimizing Intrusions on Privacy
11.08 Preservation of Confidential Information
12. Informed Consent
12.01 Scope of Informed Consent
12.02 Informed Consent Process
12.03 Informed Consent of Students and Subordinates
12.04 Informed Consent with Children
12.05 Use of Deception in Research
12.06 Use of Recording Technology
13. Research Planning, Implementation, and Dissemination
13.01 Planning and Implementation
13.02 Unanticipated Research Opportunities
13.03 Offering Inducements for Research Participants
13.04 Reporting on Research
13.05 Data Sharing
14. Plagiarism
15. Authorship Credit
16. Publication Process
16.01 Submission of Manuscripts for Publication
16.02 Duplicate Publication of Data
16.03 Responsibilities of Editors
17. Responsibilities of Reviewers
18. Education, Teaching, and Training
18.01 Administration of Education Programs
18.02 Teaching and Training
19. Contractual and Consulting Services
20. Adherence to the Code of Ethics
20.01 Familiarity with Code of Ethics
20.02 Confronting Ethical Issues
20.03 Fair Treatment of Parties in Ethical Disputes
20.04 Reporting Ethical Violations of Others
20.05 Cooperating with Ethics Committees
20.06 Improper Complaints

 

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