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    Academic Matters

    Credit Where Due is More Than Courtesy
    November 2013

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

    Student Takes ASCE Chapter Funds for Personal Use
    September 2007

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    Advertising

    Arriving at Consensus on Advertising Speech
    March 2014

    Pitfalls of Parting
    September 2012

    Ethical Merits Then and Now
    September 2011  

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

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

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    Antitrust (see: Competition/Bidding Misconduct)

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    Biographies

    Our Profession’s Debt to Daniel W. Mead
    July/August 2012

    The Personal Element
    June 2011

    William J. LeMessurier
    July 2007

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    Bribery (see: Gifts/Gratuities/Improper Payments)

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    Clients, Duty to

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

      Acting as Faithful Agents or Trustees
    April 2014 

    Limitation of Liability Clauses
    November 2009

    Member Inflates Hours as Reported on Time Sheets
    May 2008

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

    Member Suspects Testing Results Are False or Inaccurate
    April 2007

    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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    Credit for Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Competence

    Expert Witness Testifies Outside Areas of Expertise
    July/August 2009

    Engineer Submits False Report on Soil Conditions
    March 2006

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    Competition/Bidding Misconduct (see also: Gifts/Gratuities/Improper Payments)

    Keeping the Playing Field Level
    June 2013

    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

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

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

    Engineers Collude To Suppress Competition on Government Contracts
    December 2006

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    Confidentiality

    Improper Use of Confidential Information 
    February 2014  

    Disclosure of Confidential Information from one Competitor to Another
    November 2010

    Conflict of Interest

    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

    Municipal Engineer Reviews Plans Performed by His Own Firm
    March 2010

    Engineer Wins Raffle Prize from Potential Product Vendor
    October 2008

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

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    Criticism of Other Engineer(s)

    Member Questions Bridge Design Without Thorough Knowledge of Facts
    September 2010 

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

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

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    Education

    The Importance of Understanding Engineering Ethics
    May 2012

    Value of Live, Interactive Discussion of Engineering Ethics Issues
    April 2010 

    Mandatory Continuing Education
    February 2009 

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    Employer/Employee Obligations

    Improper Use of Confidential Information 
    February 2014  

    Employers' Responsibilities to Employees
    May 2013 

    Keeping Information Confidential
    October 2012

    Pitfalls of Parting
    September 2012
     

    Should Past Ethics Violations Be Disclosed in Elections?
    April 2012 

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

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

    Departing Employee Persuades Clients to Cancel Contracts with Employer
    December 2008

    Female Engineer Faces Workplace Discrimination
    January 2008

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

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    Enforcement

    Should Past Ethics Violations Be Disclosed in Elections?
    April 2012   

    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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    Engineering Failures/Catastrophes

    Fostering a Culture of Safety
    January 2013

    The Importance of a Personal Pledge
    December 2012

    The Importance of Engineering Ethics 
    August 2011

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

    The Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
    January 2007

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    Expert Witness (see Professional Reports/Public Statements)

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    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (see International Activities)

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    Fraudulent/Dishonest Conduct

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

     Acting as Faithful Agents or Trustees
    April 2014

    Questioning Questionable Practices
    October 2013  

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

    Member Inflates Hours as Reported on Time Sheets
    May 2008

    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

    Engineers Falsify Invoices To Disguise Kickback Scheme
    September 2005

    Firm Falsifies Timesheets on Government Project
    August 2005

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    Gifts/Gratuities/Improper Payments

    Keeping the Playing Field Level
    June 2013

    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

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

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

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

    Employer Reimburses Employee for Political Campaign Contributions
    March 2009

    Member Pays Public Official in Exchange for Service Contracts
    January 2009

    Engineer Wins Raffle Prize from Potential Product Vendor
    October 2008

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

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

    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

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    History of Ethical Codes

    Origin of the Personal Pledge
    July-August 2013  

    The Importance of a Personal Pledge
    December 2012  

    Our Profession’s Debt to Daniel W. Mead
    July/August 2012

    Code Addresses New Ethical Challenges
    November 2011

    Development of Sustainability Provisions in ASCE Code of Ethics
    November 2008

    ASCE’s Ethics Enforcement Process
    July 2008

    The Seven Fundamental Canons of ASCE’s Code of Ethics
    April 2008

    Development of the First ASCE Code of Ethics
    December 2007

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

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

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

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

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    International Activities

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

    The Ethical Aspects of Promotional Expenses
    June 2012  

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

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

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    Objectivity (see Professional Reports/Public Statements)

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    Other Codes of Conduct

    Origin of the Personal Pledge
    July-August 2013  

    The Importance of a Personal Pledge
    December 2012

    More Than One Code May Apply
    December 2011

    Comparison of Engineering Society Codes of Conduct
    January 2011  

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    Plagiarism

    Credit Where Due is More Than Courtesy
    November 2013

     Code of Ethics Applies to Author’s Responsibilities
    October 2011

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

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

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

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

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    Private Conduct/Other Activities

    Recognizing Fiduciary Responsibilities
    January 2014

    Defining Ethical Behavior
    May 2011  

    Member Observes Deficiencies While Working as Construction Inspector
    October 2010

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    Political Activities

    Exercise Care in Making Political Contributions
    March 2012

    Employer Reimburses Employee for Political Campaign Contributions
    March 2009   

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

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    Professional Reports/Public Statements

    Exercising Care in Expert Testimony
    June 2014 

      The Proper Use of Professional Credentials
    May 2014  

    Questioning Questionable Practices
    October 2013  

    Standing Up and Pushing Back
    January 2012

    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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    Public Employees

    More Than One Code May Apply
    December 2011  

    Disclosure of Confidential Information from one Competitor to Another
    November 2010

    Municipal Engineer Reviews Plans Performed by His Own Firm
    March 2010

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

    Licensure of Federal Employees
    February 2008

    Engineering Firm Shareholder Elected to Public Office
    June 2007

    Public Employee Awards Contracts in Exchange for Contributions
    July 2005  

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    Public Health, Safety, and Welfare

    Corporate Culture in Support of Engineering Ethics
    September 2013 

    Fostering a Culture of Safety
    January 2013

    The Importance of Engineering Ethics
    August 2011

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

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

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

    The Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
    January 2007  

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    Reporting Misconduct

    The Responsibility to Report Wrongdoing
    April 2011

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    Sealing Documents

    Reviewing and Sealing Documents Prepared by a Deceased Engineer
    August 2007

    Engineer Reviews and Seals Plans Prepared by Another Firm
    May 2005

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    Whistleblowing (see: Reporting Misconduct)

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