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    Canon 1

    Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development3 in the performance of their professional duties.

    Corporate Culture in Support of Engineering Ethics
    September 2013  

    Origin of the Personal Pledge
    July-August 2013

    The Public's Right to the Right Information
    April 2013

    Fostering a Culture of Safety
    January 2013

    The Importance of a Personal Pledge
    December 2012

    Standing Up and Pushing Back
    January 2012

    The Importance of Engineering Ethics
    August 2011

    Ensuring the Safety, Health, and Welfare of the Public
    July 2011

    The Personal Element
    June 2011

    The Responsibility to Report Wrongdoing
    April 2011

    Member Suspects Treatment Plant is Not in Compliance with Fire Code
    December 2009

    Development of Sustainability Provisions in ASCE Code of Ethics
    November 2008

    Reviewing and Sealing Documents Prepared by a Deceased Engineer
    August 2007

    William J. LeMessurier
    July 2007

    Joint Venture Partner Seeks to Lower Costs by Using Inferior Hardware
    May 2007

    The Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
    January 2007

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    Canon 2

    Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.

    Recognizing Fiduciary Responsibilities
    January 2014  

    Ethical Practice Demands Expertise
    February 2013

    Expert Witness Testifies Outside Areas of Expertise
    July/August 2009

    Reviewing and Sealing Documents Prepared by a Deceased Engineer
    August 2007

    Engineer Submits False Report on Soil Conditions
    March 2006

    Engineer Reviews and Seals Plans Prepared by Another Firm
    May 2005  

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    Canon 3

    Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

     Exercising Care in Expert Testimony
    June 2014 

     The Proper Use of Professional Credentials
    May 2014  

      Arriving at Consensus on Advertising Speech
    March 2014  

    Questioning Questionable Practices
    October 2013  

    The Public's Right to the Right Information 
    April 2013

    Standing Up and Pushing Back
    January 2012 

    Ethical Merits Then and Now
    September 2011 

    Standards and Anti-Competitive Behavior: The Hydrolevel Case
    February 2011 

    Disclosing Financial Support of Study Reported in Professional Journal
    December 2010

    Member Observes Deficiencies While Working as Construction Inspector
    October 2010   

    Member Questions Bridge Design Without Thorough Knowledge of Facts
    September 2010

    Expert Witness Provides Inconsistent, Unsupported Testimony
    February 2010

    Member Pressured to Change Recommendation in Professional Report
    January 2010

    Expert Witness Testifies Outside Areas of Expertise
    July/August 2009 

    Member Suspects Testing Results Are False or Inaccurate
    April 2007 

    Review of Report Makes Inflammatory Criticisms of Report’s Authors
    January 2006  

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    Canon 4

    Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.

    Zero Tolerance for Bribery, Fraud, and Corruption
    July-August 2014  

    Acting as Faithful Agents or Trustees
    April 2014

    Improper Use of Confidential Information 
    February 2014  

    Recognizing Fiduciary Responsibilities
    January 2014 

    Keeping Information Confidential
    October 2012

    Should Past Ethics Violations Be Disclosed in Elections?
    April 2012 

    Exercise Care in Making Political Contributions
    March 2012 

    More Than One Code May Apply
    December 2011 

    Standards and Anti-Competitive Behavior: The Hydrolevel Case
    February 2011 

    Disclosure of Confidential Information from one Competitor to Another
    November 2010

    Member Asked to Pay Fee in Exchange for Contractor’s Referral to Client
    July/August 2010

    Duty To Investigate Hints of Impropriety in Project Financial Transactions
    May 2010

    Municipal Engineer Reviews Plans Performed by His Own Firm
    March 2010 

    Member Pressured to Change Recommendation in Professional Report
    January 2010

    Limitation of Liability Clauses
    November 2009

    Public Official Awards Contracts to Firm Paying Him as “Consultant”
    May 2009

    Departing Employee Recruits Employer’s Clients, Criticizes Employer
    April 2009 

    Departing Employee Persuades Clients to Cancel Contracts with Employer
    December 2008  

    Engineer Wins Raffle Prize from Potential Product Vendor
    October 2008

    Member Inflates Hours as Reported on Time Sheets
    May 2008 

    William J. LeMessurier
    July 2007

    Joint Venture Partner Seeks to Lower Costs by Using Inferior Hardware
    May 2007

    Member Suspects Testing Results Are False or Inaccurate
    April 2007

    Departing Employee Recruits Co-Workers to Join New Firm
    August 2006 

    Engineers Fail To Disclose Private Interest in Report to Public Agency
    April 2006

    Use of Client Information To Have an Adverse Impact on Client 
    February 2006

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    Canon 5

    Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.

    The Proper Use of Professional Credentials
    May 2014  

      Arriving at Consensus on Advertising Speech
    March 2014

    Credit Where Due is More Than Courtesy
    November 2013

    Keeping the Playing Field Level
    June 2013 

    The Ethical Aspects of Competition
    November 2012

    Keeping Information Confidential
    October 2012

    Pitfalls of Parting
    September 2012

    The Ethical Aspects of Promotional Expenses  
    June 2012

    Exercise Care in Making Political Contributions  
    March 2012

    Exercise Caution in Offering Gratuities  
    February 2012

    More Than One Code May Apply  
    December 2011

    Code of Ethics Applies to Author’s Responsibilities  
    October 2011

    Ethical Merits Then and Now  
    September 2011

    Defining Ethical Behavior  
    May 2011

    Collusive Bidding Scheme Prompts Indictments  
    March 2011

    Standards and Anti-Competitive Behavior: The Hydrolevel Case  
    February 2011

    Disclosure of Confidential Information from one Competitor to Another  
    November 2010

    Member Questions Bridge Design Without Thorough Knowledge of Facts  
    September 2010

    Member Asked to Pay Fee in Exchange for Contractor’s Referral to Client  
    July/August 2010

    Research Paper Published without Team Leader’s Knowledge/Inclusion  
    October 2009

    Engineer Donates Goods to Public Official in Exchange for Work  
    September 2009

    Departing Employee Recruits Employer’s Clients, Criticizes Employer
    April 2009   

    Employer Reimburses Employee for Political Campaign Contributions  
    March 2009

    Member Pays Public Official in Exchange for Service Contracts  
    January 2009

    Member Makes Campaign Contributions under Family, Friends’ Names
    June 2008   

    Advertisements Falsely Imply ASCE Sponsorship of Member’s CE Course
    March 2008

    Licensure of Federal Employees
    February 2008

    Use of P.E. on Business Cards Outside of Licensed Jurisdiction(s)
    November 2007   

    Engineering Firm Shareholder Elected to Public Office  
    June 2007

    ASCE Removes “Supplanting” Language from Code of Ethics  
    March 2007

    ASCE Removes Price-Bidding Restrictions from Code of Ethics  
    February 2007

    Professor Submits Student’s Research Paper as His Own Work  
    November 2006

    Student Publishes Paper Plagiarizing Professor’s Lecture Notes/Thesis
    September 2006  

    Firm Solicits Help from Local Engineer Under False Promise of Work  
    June 2006

    Firm Changes Title Block, Uses Another Company’s Drawings  
    May 2006

    Review of Report Makes Inflammatory Criticisms of Report’s Authors  
    January 2006

    Paper Borrows Heavily from Another Author’s Work without Credit  
    December 2005

    Consultant’s Review of Another Consultant’s Report  
    November 2005

    Spiro Agnew Indicted in Engineering Contract Kickback Scheme  
    October 2005

    Engineers Falsify Invoices To Disguise Kickback Scheme
    September 2005   

    Engineer Pays Percent of Government Contracts to County Employee  
    June 2005

    Engineer’s Report Plagiarizes Another Firm’s Report on Similar Project 
    April 2005

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    Canon 6

    Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession and shall act with zero-tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption.

    Zero Tolerance for Bribery, Fraud, and Corruption
    July-August 2014  

      Questioning Questionable Practices
    October 2013

    Maintaining Zero Tolerance for Bribery, Fraud, and Corruption 
    March 2013

    The Ethical Aspects of Promotional Expenses
    June 2012  

    Exercise Caution in Offering Gratuities  
    February 2012

    Code Addresses New Ethical Challenges
    November 2011   

    Defining Ethical Behavior  
    May 2011

    Collusive Bidding Scheme Prompts Indictments  
    March 2011

    Duty To Investigate Hints of Impropriety in Project Financial Transactions  
    May 2010

    Employer Reimburses Employee for Political Campaign Contributions  
    March 2009

    Member Pays Public Official in Exchange for Service Contracts
    January 2009  

    Engineer Prepares Fraudulent Board Minute to Cover CEO’s Misconduct  
    September 2008

    Member Makes Campaign Contributions under Family, Friends’ Names
    June 2008  

    Member Inflates Hours as Reported on Time Sheets
    May 2008   

    Female Engineer Faces Workplace Discrimination
    January 2008  

    Payment of “Consulting Fees” to Foreign Agent to Secure Contracts
    October 2007  

    Student Takes ASCE Chapter Funds for Personal Use  
    September 2007

    Engineering Firm Shareholder Elected to Public Office
    June 2007  

    Engineers Collude To Suppress Competition on Government Contracts  
    December 2006

    Member Bills Municipality for Work Not Done by Member’s Firm  
    October 2006

    Engineer Files Fraudulent Corporate Income Tax Return  
    July 2006

    Firm Solicits Help from Local Engineer Under False Promise of Work  
    June 2006

    Use of Client Information To Have an Adverse Impact on Client  
    February 2006

    Spiro Agnew Indicted in Engineering Contract Kickback Scheme  
    October 2005

    Engineers Falsify Invoices To Disguise Kickback Scheme  
    September 2005

    Firm Falsifies Timesheets on Government Project  
    August 2005

    Public Employee Awards Contracts in Exchange for Contributions  
    July 2005

    Engineer Pays Percent of Government Contracts to County Employee 
    June 2005

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    Canon 7

    Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.  

    Employers' Responsibilities to Employees
    May 2013 

    The Importance of Understanding Engineering Ethics
    May 2012   

    Mandatory Continuing Education  
    February 2009

    Female Engineer Faces Workplace Discrimination
    January 2008 

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    Other ASCE Guidelines

    The Ethical Aspects of Competition
    November 2012

    Should Past Ethics Violations Be Disclosed in Elections?  
    April 2012

    Ensuring the Safety, Health, and Welfare of the Public  
    July 2011

    The Responsibility to Report Wrongdoing  
    April 2011

    Ethics of Publishing Case Histories
    August 2008  

    ASCE’s Ethics Enforcement Process
    July 2008   

    Public Employee Awards Contracts in Exchange for Contributions 
    July 2005

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