How To Report an Ethics Violation
The following is how a report of an alleged violation of the PPAB Guiding Principles is handled.
Reports of alleged violations will be handled according to this policy. Alleged violations must be limited to the vision, mission, pledge, key values and professional ethics, collectively referred to as The Guiding Principles.
1. Filing a report of an alleged violation
a) The individual filing the alleged violation must present the allegation to the Committee in writing.
b) The report will remain confidential.
c) The following information must be included in the alleged violation report:
2. Report receipt
a) The Ethics committee will acknowledge receipt of the alleged violation without comment within 24 hour of receipt.
b) The individual filing the report will be notified to keep the complaint confidential; this means no information about the complaint will be discussed with any other person. If confidentiality is breached it may be considered a violation of the Guiding Principles.
c) The details of the complaint will be kept confidential in order to preserve the committee’s ability to fairly and objectively interact with the individual.
a) The Ethics Committee will review the complaint. If necessary, they will gather more information and schedule an interview with the complainant.
b) If the initial review indicates that the alleged infraction is not a violation of the Guiding Principles, then the complainant will be notified in writing and no investigation will be pursued unless further facts or evidence is proffered.
c) If it appears that a violation of the guiding principles has occurred based on preponderance of evidence, (is more likely to be true than not) then the Chair will notify the individual or group that are the subjects of the complaint and provide seven
d) calendar days for a reply. If there is no reply to the compliant notification then the Committee will make a decision based on all available information.
e) Once all the information has been gathered, the committee will make a determination.