All DCASE members sign a Statement of Ethical Practices as part of their application for membership, making a formal commitment to embrace certain responsibilities.
To students and their families, members committo follow accepted patterns of professional conduct in relations with the students they serve, and to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and implementing regulations. Specific commitments include:
- not guaranteeing results or making false claims
- taking every reasonable precaution to protect the physical and mental well being of the students served and using all feasible resources to help promote their improvement and growth
- maintaining the school or program’s premises and equipment in safe and clean condition
- having policies and procedures that guarantee confidentiality of all students and their families
- not exploiting students by accepting them for special education or related services from which they cannot reasonably be expected to benefit or by continuing special education or related services unnecessarily
- delivering special education and related services in accordance with each student’s IEP
- honoring their financial commitments to all parties involved with the school or program
- striving to improve their staffs’ skill in the education of students and making available to the students, to those closely associated with them, and to colleagues, the benefits of the staff’s professional expertise
- not requiring any fees by a parent as a prerequisite for the acceptance of the student into the school or program
- guarding against conflicts of interests and shall neither accept nor give gifts, fees or other forms of gratuity for referrals
- not discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law
- upholding and maintaining in all possible ways the highest professional standards.