Code of Ethics
Ethics may be considered the often unenforceable duties beyond law that a professional person owes to the public, fellow professionals, and clients to create and maintain respect and confidence in a profession. Rules of ethics are only general guides of conduct, but must be practiced consistently by each of us to be effective for the group. The proof of effective ethical conduct comes from the opinions of others, and not from self appraisal. Professional stature cannot be acquired by self proclamation.
It shall be unethical for any member to:
- Be other than a faithful agent of a client, and not to act with fairness between a client and others.
- Attempt to supplant a fellow surveyor after definite steps have been taken toward his engagement.
- Review the work of another surveyor for the same client without the previous surveyor’s knowledge or termination.
- Accept an appointment with a client to replace another surveyor whose just financial claims remain unsettled, unless the previous surveyor fails to press a legal claim within a reasonable time.
- Publicly attempt to injure the professional reputation of another surveyor: A malpractice complaint shall be directed to the Society Board of Directors for appropriate action.
- Advertise in self laudatory language or in any manner derogatory to the dignity of the profession.
- Use the advantages of security of a salaried position while competing with surveyors in private practice.
- Reduce normal fees to underbid the known charges of another surveyor, or undertake any work an a price that will not permit a professional performance.
- Attempt to practice in any field of surveying in which he is not proficient.
- Engage in competitive price bidding.