OK 4.0 hours Doing the Right Thing-The Code - Course Syllabus
4.0 Elective Hours
What is a grievance committee?
A Grievance Committee functions in the manner of a grand jury and will first hear a complaint of the ethics violation. The job of the committee is to weigh the merits of the complaint to determine if it should be dismissed or sent on to a Hearing Panel. All the members of the Grievance Committee and the subsequent Hearing Panel must be members in good standing and not directly connected to the case.
On the other hand, if the Grievance Committee forwards a complaint for hearing, that does not mean they have decided the Code of Ethics has been violated. Rather, it means they think that if what has been alleged in the complaint is found by the hearing panel to have occurred, the panel may have reason to find that a violation of the Code of Ethics did, in fact, take place. If a complaint is dismissed as not requiring a hearing, that dismissal can be appealed to an appeal panel of the Association.
Complainants have the ultimate burden of proving that the Code of Ethics has been violated. The standard of proof that must be met is clear, strong and convincing. As with our justice system, respondents are innocent until proven otherwise.
This course will provide you a better understanding of The Code Of Ethics, and the ethics complaint process.