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Code of Ethics
RESPONSIBILITIES TO STUDENTS AND MEMBERS
Section 1. Members pledge to protect and promote the interests of Digerati. This obligation of absolute fidelity to the members and students’ interests is primary, but does not relieve members and students of their obligation to treat all parties fairly.
Section 2. Trainers and Officer must, in conducting a training, deal with students and members in a manner exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism and respect. Officers and trainers owe the students the duties of honesty, integrity and fair treatment at all times. On the other hand, members and students have the same obligation to conduct themselves with utmost professionalism and respect.
Section 3. Officers shall provide students and members with a clear understanding of all the terms and conditions of the registration during or prior to the registration. There would be a mandatory orientation of new students and members before the beginning of each training session.
Section 4. It is recognized that students and members’ point of view may vary with the different course and dues being offered by Digerati. Therefore, this information may be provided in oral or written form. However, wherever possible, it is highly recommended that members communicate this information in written form or at a minimum to communicate this information orally during to the registration days.
Section 5. Trainers, Officers, shall not accept personal gifts and or compensation from any students or members in any form, even if offered. On the other hand, members shall not undertake to provide compensation to any Trainers and Officers in the same manner.
Section 6. Officers, members, students, shall not make a profit on expenditures made for and on behalf of Digerati, this is considered as malversation of Digerati’s fund.
Section 7. Officers, members and students shall not disclose any confidential, either digital or hard copy, information without the Board of Trustees’ specific consent except as required by appropriate legal authorities.
Section 8. Officers shall provide members with a clear understanding concerning the financial status of Digerati through adopting impartial, complete and absolute financial transparency;
Section 9. Officers shall provide students and members with periodicals and other publications issued by Digerati should available.
Section 10. Digerati’s obligation to let members attend General Assembly, participate in the election.
Section 11. It shall be the right of the members to avail free seminars or trainings on a priority basis.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PUBLIC
Section 1. Members, officers and students must be careful at all times present Digerati with all the members of the community and over all representations to the public. Members shall ensure that they have responsibility to keep the divine image of Digerati.
Section 2. It is essential for members to remain abreast of matters affecting Digerati so as to fulfill the expectations of the public. These expectations include the member’s abilities to perform the tasks that are regularly expected of them like: keep oneself away from any dishonesty, casting and bad mouthing, creating unpleasant comment to any community club or organization and the likes coupled with consistent, rigorously and religiously upholding the Digerati’s Code of Ethics.
Section 3. Officers, members and students are duty bound at all times to abide by the Constitutions and By-Laws and this Code of Ethics which govern the professionalism and well being of Digerati, as well as those which, if violated, would negatively affect Digerati’s ability to present to the public as an image of good behavior.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Section 1. Members should never publicly criticize a competitor using false or deceptive information. They should be rendered in conformity with strict professional courtesy and dignity.
Section 2. Members, students, and officers having personal knowledge of an act by another members, students, and officers that, in their opinion, is a material violation of the ethical principles of this Code shall treat the matter in accordance with the procedures for filing a grievance.
Section 3. In order for any organization to earn and maintain the confidence of the constituencies it serves, it must demonstrate to them the ability to “police” its own. Members have the unique ability to observe and therefore assist in the stewardship of this trust. Members have an obligation to assist the Digerati and its officers in all matters, including verbal censure and discipline, or bringing the matter to the Board of Trustees if he/she is aware of anyone among the officers, members and students who are engaging in violations of this Code.
Section 4. Members, students, and officers shall not knowingly or recklessly file false or unfounded ethics complaints.
Section 5. Members, officers and students charged with unethical practice or who are asked to present evidence in any disciplinary proceeding or investigation shall promptly and voluntarily place all pertinent facts and information before the Board of Trustees.
Section 6. Violations of any provision of this Code should not give rise to a civil cause of action and should not create any presumption that a legal duty has been breached. Violations of the Code are not designed or intended to be the basis of any civil liability.
Section 1. Grievance Committee
Section 1.1 The Board of Trustees shall create a Grievance Committee (Adhoc) who shall consider, resolve and recommend to the former the appropriate action for grievances arising from alleged unethical behavior of members, students and or officers.
Section 2. Grievance Procedures
Section 2.1 Any grievance must be submitted in writing to the President with the necessary supporting documentation, signed by the complainant. The President shall forward all grievances to the Grievance Committee.
Section 2.2 In filing a charge of a violation of the Code of Ethics, the charge must read as an alleged violation of one or more Articles of the Code.
Section 2.3 Upon receipt of a written grievance, the President shall notify the members of the Board of Trustees headed by Chairman of the Board and initiate a Grievance Committee review of the allegations.
Section 2.4 Grievances will not generally be considered until all pending administrative hearings and/or impeachment proceedings have been resolved.
Section 2.5 After review of the response, if the Grievance Committee determines that the grievance has validity, it shall notify the individual against whom the complaint was filed of their right to submit additional evidence to the Board of Trustees, either in writing or at a hearing requested by the individual. The individual shall have ten (10) days to respond.
Section 2.6 If the individual requests a hearing, the Grievance Committee shall facilitate this request within a reasonable time. The Grievance Committee shall allow the opportunity for all the parties to be present, and to participate in the proceedings..
Section 2.7 The Grievance Committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the Board of Trustees. These recommendations may include censure, suspension or revocation of the individual’s membership. If, however, either party may appeal the decision to the Board of Trustees, the suspension or revocation charged to either party shall take effect until the final determination of the appeal from the Board is issued.
Section 2.8 The Board of Trustees, by majority vote shall (1) reaffirm; (2) modify; or (3) reverse the original decision. The decision of the Grievance Committee shall be rendered within a reasonable time and shall be final and irreversible.
UPHOLD AND PROMOTE THE PRINCIPLES OF THIS CODE
The future of Digerati depends on both technical and ethical excellence. Not only it is crucial for Digerati’s members, officers, students and Board of Trustees to adhere to the principles expressed in this Code, each member, officer, student and Board of Trustees should encourage and support adherence of all concerned.
TREAT VIOLATIONS OF THIS CODE AS INCONSISTENT WITH MEMBERSHIP WITH DIGERATI
Adherence of Digerati’s code of ethics is largely a voluntary matter. However, if a member does not follow this code by engaging in gross misconduct, membership with Digerati may be terminated."But we must remember that good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government. Hence there are two parts of good government; one is the actual obedience of citizens to the laws, the other part is the goodness of the laws which they obey..." (Aristotle, Politics 1294a3-6).
Remember that a code of ethics will not solve all ethical problems: