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Efficiency Changes to the Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee

The Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee have been amended in order to increase the efficiency of the adjudication process.  At its Dec. 11-13, 2015, meeting, the Board of Directors voted to approve minor changes (PDF, 160KB) recommended by the Ethics Committee.

In summary, the changes provide that:

1. The Ethics Committee will rely on a member’s address in the membership records when providing notice to a member of ethics matters;  

2. The Ethics Committee will consider an “Alford” and “nolo contendere” plea as equivalent to a felony conviction for a show cause case;  and 

3. The Ethics Committee will accept an affidavit of resignation from a respondent member without requiring notarization.

The approved amendments are effective March 1, 2016, but will not be applied to current respondents if their application would adversely affect that respondent’s rights. In those instances, the pertinent provisions of the Rules and Procedures in effect at the time the member came under the scrutiny of the Ethics Committee will be applied (Rules and Procedures, Part II, section 1.3).

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