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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 October 26, 2020.

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

    Download a printable copy of the Code of Ethics.

    Download the previous version of the Code of Ethics.

  • Preamble

  • 1. Society

  • 2. Natural and Built Environment

  • 3. Profession

  • 4. Clients and Employers

  • 5. Peers

  • 1 This Code does not establish a standard of care, nor should it be interpreted as such.

  • 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

  • Engineering Ethics in the Real World

    Hear engineers share their personal experiences of the Challenger explosion, the Piper Alpha fire, the Spiro Agnew scandal, and more.

  • Hold a Ring Ceremony at your Section or Branch to induct members into the Order of the Engineer as an expression of their commitment to practicing engineering with integrity and high technical and professional standards.