Statement of Ethics Institutional advancement professionals, by virtue of their responsibilities within the academic community, represent their colleges, universities, and schools to the larger society. They have, therefore, a special duty to exemplify the best qualities of their institutions and to observe the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. In so doing, they promote the merits of their institutions and of education generally, without disparaging other colleges and schools. Their words and actions embody respect for truth, fairness, free inquiry, and the opinions of others. They respect all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, ethnic or national identity, handicap, or age. They uphold the professional reputation of other advancement officers and give credit for ideas, words, or images originated by others. They safeguard privacy rights and confidential information. They do not grant or accept favors for personal gain, nor do they solicit or accept favors for their institutions where a higher public interest would be violated. They avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest and, if in doubt, seek guidance from appropriate authorities. They follow the letter and spirit of laws and regulations affecting institutional advancement. They observe these standards and others that apply to their professions and actively encourage colleagues to join them in supporting the highest standards of conduct. The CASE Board of Trustees adopted this Statement of Ethics to guide and reinforce our professional conduct in all areas of institutional advancement. The statement is also intended to stimulate awareness and discussion of ethical issues that may arise in our professional activities. The Board adopted the final text in Toronto on July 11, 1982, after a year of deliberation by national and district leaders and by countless volunteers throughout the membership.