Protocol for Reporting a Violation of the Bylaw on Ethics
The Vice President is charged with convening a review panel for the purpose of responding to allegations of violations of the SVP Code of Ethics, a code which became part of the Bylaws as of 1995.
All reports of a possible ethics violation should be sent in writing to the Vice President. The review panel may communicate with the accuser(s) if additional information is required, and may conduct independent research to verify information. In all situations, confidentiality will be of primary consideration for all parties.
The Vice President, on behalf of the SVP Executive Committee and review panel, will conduct all communications with the accused. Based on these communications and independent research, the panel will report to the Executive Committee their findings and a recommended course of action. The Executive Committee will discuss and decide on the final course of action and the Vice President with communicate the findings and decision to all involved.