Code of Ethics
Every PEMDER officer (this term will be used as a member of PEMDER boards, team chair, program evaluator, student evaluator, PEMDER volunteer or PEMDER employee, singular or plural from now on) who takes part in the activities of the Turkish Association forLandscape Architecture Education and Science (PEMDER) undertakes to work in accordance with the ethical rules specific to PEMDER specified in this document as well as general ethical rules. Everyone who conducts PEMDER activities must perform their duties in the highest ethical manner.
The purpose of this document is to define the details of ethical standards regarding PEMDER activities. PEMDER officers must sign a Confidentiality and Ethics Statement in accordance with Articles 8 and 9 of the PEMDER Program Evaluation and Accreditation Regulation.
Conflicts of Interest:
- Membership in the PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board and Accreditation Board (PAK) may create situations that may lead to inquiries regarding the impartiality and dignity of the evaluation process, or conflicts of interest. PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board and PAK members are expected to act in a professional and ethical manner, to disclose actual or visible conflicts of interest, and to avoid discussions and decisions that may be related to real or visible conflicts of interest.
- Similarly, roles such as evaluation team leader, program evaluator, and student evaluator can create situations that may lead to questions or conflicts of interest regarding the impartiality and dignity of the evaluation process. PEMDER expects these people to act in a professional and ethical manner, to disclose actual or visible conflicts of interest, and to avoid discussions and decisions that may be related to real or visible conflicts of interest.
- The aims of this approach are: a).To ensure the credibility of the evaluation process and the reliability of the decisions of the members of the PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board and PAK; b).To guarantee a fair and impartial decision-making process; c). To ensure impartial action and to prevent behaviors that may give the impression of being impartial.
- PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board, PAK members cannot participate in the decision-making process related to this program or institution if they are in a close and effective relationship with or in the past with a program or institution that is in the decision process in terms of PEMDER or PAK. The close and effective relationship includes, but is not limited to: a). Is currently working as a faculty member, officer or consultant in the institution or program or has worked in the past; b). Having or having held meetings or discussions to work in the institution or program; c). Being a student of the institution; d). Having received an honorary degree from the institution; e). Spouse, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree relatives and 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree relatives of the spouse are students or employees of the institution or program; f). Having an unpaid formal connection with the institution (for example, a board of trustees or an advisory board member of the institution, etc.)
- PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board and PAK members sign a Confidentiality and Ethics Statement stating that they will not cause a conflict of interest and that they have read and understood these principles.
- Team members who will work in the evaluation process are also asked to make a written statement that they do not have real or visible conflicts of interest with the institutions and individuals related to the program they will evaluate.
- PEMDER Board of Directors, Audit Board and PAK members do not attend the sections of the relevant meetings where they are discussed or resolved on issues with real or visible conflicts of interest. The names of those who declare that they are unauthorized due to a conflict of interest in a meeting are recorded. Actual or apparent conflict of interest occurs in the following situations: a). Having a close and effective relationship with a program or institution; b). Having a financial or personal connection; c) Having a reason that prevents the person from making an unbiased decision.
PEMDER Ethical Rules:
- PEMDER officers comply with the general ethical rules and PEMDER ethical rules in all processes and stages of program evaluations, in their presentations to institutions regarding PEMDER accreditation and in public statements, carrying out these activities in line with the safety, health and interest of the public and situations that conflict directly or indirectly with these duties. It accepts the responsibility of reporting to the management.
a) PEMDER staff are aware that the life, safety, health and well-being of the people in the community depend on the Landscape Architects to perform their profession as competent professionals.
b) If PEMDER officers have the knowledge that an accredited program does not meet the PEMDER criteria, or if they have reasons that cause them to believe that it is, they will report this information to PEMDER in writing.
c) The approval of the PEMDER Board must be obtained for PEMDER accreditation presentations, seminars and meetings to be made “on behalf of PEMDER”. The organization that the person conducting these activities is affiliated with is shown as “PEMDER” and the PEMDER logo and templates are used in all kinds of event documents.
- PEMDER officers accept positions only in specific technical fields in which they are trained and / or experienced.
- PEMDER officers accept to act as reliable persons acting on behalf of PEMDER, avoid all conflicts of interest and inform all parties that may be affected in situations where there is a conflict of interest.
a) PEMDER officers avoid conflicts of interest in every activity and situation they represent PEMDER.
b) PEMDER officers declare any conflict of interest and potential for conflict of interest that may affect their decisions or the quality of their services.
c) Members of PEMDER boards do not advise an institution or unit on program evaluation.
d) PEMDER officers who have advised an institution or unit on program evaluation, are doing or will do so, must notify PEMDER of this situation and at any stage of the evaluation process of the programs of the relevant institution does not take place.
e) PEMDER officers do not undertake any duties that would create a conflict of interest between them and PEMDER or the institutions whose programs are to be evaluated, they do not hold any meetings or enter into discussions.
f) PEMDER officers do not directly or indirectly request or accept any gifts from organizations and employees whose programs are being evaluated.
g) PEMDER officers do not request or accept any direct or indirect payment from organizations and employees whose programs are being evaluated in order to affect the evaluation result of the programs.
h) PEMDER officers who give presentations, teach or consult to institutions upon the invitation of the institutions regarding PEMDER evaluations are obliged to comply with the above rules.
- PEMDER officers accept the confidentiality of all information and documents related to program evaluation decisions, except for situations that endanger the public or require disclosure for legal reasons.
a) PEMDER officers keep all documents and information given to them during their duties confidential and do not use these documents and information for any purpose other than PEMDER duties.
b) PEMDER officers do not disclose confidential documents, information and findings except for legal reasons.
c) If PEMDER officers have to disclose confidential documents, information and findings, they must obtain permission from both PEMDER and the relevant institution.
d) PEMDER officers do not copy, duplicate, give to third parties or institutions the self-evaluation reports given to them and all other documents they have obtained from the institution, and destroy them at the end of their evaluation tasks or return them to PEMDER.
- PEMDER officers accept that their statements inside and outside of PEMDER will be impartial and accurate.
a) PEMDER officers will be impartial and accurate in their reports, explanations and statements. Statements made on behalf of PEMDER or any reports, explanations and statements published will only contain information about the subject.
b) PEMDER officers do not use any expressions, criticisms or justifications that are suggested or encouraged by others regarding program evaluation. If they have to use such information, they have to explain that they are quotes, the source of the quotation and if they have personal benefit with this information.
c) PEMDER officers cannot use statements that misinterpret or hide a fact.
d) PEMDER officers admit their proven personal mistakes and do not distort or change the facts to justify their mistakes and decisions.
- PEMDER officers act honorably, responsibly, ethically and legally in order to increase the prestige of PEMDER.
a) PEMDER officers avoid deceiving behavior in society.
b) PEMDER officers do not distort or allow misunderstanding of their academic or professional competencies or those with whom they work.
c) PEMDER officers do not harm, directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, practices or jobs of others. If they believe that others are engaging in unethical or illegal behavior, they provide concrete observations and information to the competent authorities.
- PEMDER officers accept to treat everyone equally regardless of their characteristics such as race, language, religion, gender, disability, age, marital status and political opinion. Those who take part in program evaluation activities treat all parties equally and fairly.
- PEMDER officers agree to assist their colleagues and those who work with them in their professional development and to support them in abiding by these ethical rules.
a) PEMDER informs its staff and all parties that may be interested in program evaluation about these ethical rules.
b) PEMDER ensures that all new officers understand and apply these ethical rules.
c) PEMDER officers continuously ensure their professional and ethical development and participate in activities on this subject.
- The duties of PEMDER officers who are found to be violating these ethical rules are terminated by the PEMDER Board of Directors.