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Code of Ethics

  • First adopted in 1914, the ASCE Code of Ethics is the model for professional conduct for ASCE members. The Code of Ethics was most recently updated on July 23, 2006.

    Members with an ethics question may call the ASCE Ethics Hotline: 800-548-2723 x6151.

    Download a printable copy of the Code of Ethics.

  • CANON 1. Hold Safety Paramount

  • CANON 2. Service with Competence

  • CANON 3. Issue True Statements

  • CANON 4. Act as a Faithful Agent

  • CANON 5. Reputation By Merit

  • CANON 6. Uphold Professional Honor

  • CANON 7. Continue Professional Development

  • Notice of Proposed Amendment to the Code of Ethics

    At its July 2017 meeting, the ASCE Board of Direction will consider amending the ASCE Code of Ethics to include an eighth fundamental canon. Members may send comments to regarding the proposed language no later than June 9, 2017. The proposed canon reads as follows:

    Canon 8. Engineers shall, in all matters related to their profession, treat all persons fairly and encourage equitable participation without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status.

    a.  Engineers shall conduct themselves in a manner in which all persons are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.

    b.  Engineers shall not engage in discrimination or harassment in connection with their professional activities.

    c.  Engineers shall consider the diversity of the community, and shall endeavor in good faith to include diverse perspectives, in the planning and performance of their professional services.

    Ethics Violations

    Under ASCE bylaws, all ASCE members are required to comply with the Code of Ethics and to report any observed violations. The Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) reviews and investigates complaints in accordance with its rules of procedure. If the CPC finds that an ethics violation has occurred and that disciplinary actions are appropriate, it will forward its recommendations to ASCE's Executive Committee or Board of Direction for a formal hearing on the matter.

    To file a complaint:

    American Society of Civil Engineers 
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive 
    Reston, VA 20191

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