Ethical Guidelines
  1. It is the responsibility of each institution to facilitate a thorough and objective appraisal of its professional education unit by NCATE.

  2. Institutions are allowed to veto Board of Examiner (BOE) team members only if it can be demonstrated, in writing, that a potential conflict of interest exists. The veto cannot be employed to reject BOE team members based on philosophy or background.

  3. Institutional personnel should refrain from publicly criticizing individuals participating in the accreditation process as BOE or Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) members.

  4. Any perceived inadequacies of NCATE procedures or processes should be reported by the institution at the time of their occurrence, rather than withheld until after the UAB has taken action.

  5. Institutions must ensure the adequacy and accuracy of information they make available to the public. All information released by an NCATE-accredited institution regarding the availability and quality of its programs must be accurate and not misleading to prospective students or the public. In particular, information released by the institution pertaining to the educational effectiveness of students (e.g., standardized test results, job placement rates, and licensing examination results) must be accurate, current, and available upon request.

  6. A professional education unit that is accredited with probation must disclose this status whenever it refers to NCATE accreditation. In addition, institutions are required to notify students currently enrolled in teacher education of the meaning and possible outcomes of accreditation with probation. Students must be informed of the semester and year in which the UAB will take action on the probation status, including the possibility and consequences of revocation of accreditation that could occur as a result of the UAB’s action at that point. Students should also be informed that accreditation with probation does not affect the current accredited status of the professional education unit.

  7. All information submitted for accreditation purposes-including preconditions documents, national program reviews, institutional reports, and rejoinders-must accurately reflect the programs and practices of the institution. Evidence of plagiarism and/or false reporting of data may result in revocation of the accreditation or candidacy of an institution.