The Forum Ethics Project
UPDATE: March 3, 2008: The Forum's Code of Ethics for Education Abroad is now available in pdf format at the Forum website. Forum members will receive a print version at the conference in Boston; those not in attendance will receive their copy in the mail, after the conference.
To order the print version, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a nominal fee per copy, with a discount for bulk orders.
REMINDER: The comment period for the draft of the Forum's Code of Ethics closes on Friday, February 15, 2008. To be considered, Forum members should submit their comments by email to: email@example.com.
UPDATE: January 15, 2008: Draft of Forum's Code of Ethics Now Available to Forum Members
We are pleased to announce that a draft of the Forum's Code of Ethics for Education Abroad is now available on the Forum website at : http://www.forumea.org/standards-toolbox.cfm . It is in the section of the Standards Toolbox marked "Special Additions." This draft is a password-protected member benefit; you must sign in and have permission to access it. If you have any difficulty in accessing the document, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This draft will be posted for 30 days for comments and suggestions from colleagues at Forum member institutions. After the 30-day comment period, the Ethics Working Group will consider the suggestions received. The Code will then be made available to the public. The Code is embargoed during this 30-day period.
This draft Code of Ethics is the product of a collaborative, member-driven process. Since last September, the 40+ colleagues of the Ethics Working Group have met in person twice (in Carlisle and Toronto) and continued drafting the Code by exchanging input and feedback electronically over the web and in conference calls.
We would like to thank all of these colleagues, the Forum's Standards Committee, and especially Michael Steinberg and Sheila Bayne for their commitment to this important initiative.
We encourage your feedback. Any comments or suggestions should be sent via email to email@example.com .
Project Update, November 27, 2007:
On November 16, the Forum Ethics Working Group met in Toronto to develop further the first draft of the Forum's Code of Ethics for Education Abroad Practices (read the meeting minutes). A draft will be made available to the Forum membership for comment and feedback within the next few weeks. After an open comment period, the Ethics Working Group will consider incorporating suggestions before a draft is released to the public..
On Monday, September 24, 2007, almost 40 Forum members, representing colleges, universities, providers, and international partners, gathered in Carlisle, PA to begin to draft a Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. To provide context, presentations were made by experts. Thomas Schmidt, attorney from Pepper Hamilton, the Forum's counsel, discussed anti-trust law. Adis Vila, Assistant Professor of International Business & Management at Dickinson College, discussed business ethics. Stephen De Paul, Director of Global Initiatives for The University of Texas System, discussed the aftermath of the Student Loan scandal and its impact on institution-vendor relationships. Participants broke into small groups to discuss 13 topics:
- Focus on Students
- Conflicts of Interest
- Use of Financial Aid
- Approving Programs
- Protection of Rights and Privacy
- Observance of Law
- Fair Competition
- Disclosure of Rules and Procedures
- Obligations to Host Societies
- Responsibilities to Employees
On Tuesday morning, the working groups presented the results of their discussion. Many questions, comments, and experiences were shared and debated by participants. A draft of the Code of Ethics will be available for review and comment by members in the near future.