THE BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY
TRUSTEE BOARD REGULATIONS - SCHEDULE 3
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BCS MEMBERS
This Code sets out the professional standards required by the Society as a condition of membership. It applies to members of all grades, including Students, and Affiliates, and also non-members who offer their expertise as part of the Society’s Professional Advice Service. Within this document, the term “relevant authority” is used to identify the person or organisation which has authority over your activity as an individual. If you are a practising professional, this is normally an employer or client. If you are a student, this is normally an academic institution. The Code governs your personal conduct as an individual member of the BCS and not the nature of business or ethics of the relevant authority. It will, therefore, be a matter of your exercising your personal judgement in meeting the Code’s requirements. Any breach of the Code of Conduct brought to the attention of the Society will be considered under the Society’s Disciplinary procedures. You should also ensure that you notify the Society of any significant violation of this Code by another BCS member. The Public Interest
1 In your professional role you shall have regard for the public health, safety and environment. This is a general responsibility, which may be governed by legislation, convention or protocol.
If in doubt over the appropriate course of action to take in particular circumstances, you should seek the counsel of a peer or colleague.
2 You shall have regard to the legitimate rights of third parties. The term ‘Third Party’ includes professional colleagues, or possibly competitors, or members of ‘the public’ who might be affected by an IT System without their being directly aware of its existence.
3 You shall ensure that within your professional field/s you have knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and standards, and that you comply with such requirements. As examples, relevant legislation could, in the UK, include the Public Interest Disclosure Act, Disability Discrimination Act, Data Protection or Privacy legislation, Computer Misuse law, legislation concerned with the export or import of technology, possibly for national security reasons, or law relating to intellectual property. This list is not exhaustive, and you should ensure that you are aware of any legislation relevant to your professional responsibilities. In the international context, you should be aware of, and understand, the requirements of law specific to the jurisdiction within which you are working, and, where relevant, to supranational legislation such as EU law and regulation. You should seek specialist advice when necessary.
Trustee Board Regulations Schedule 3 v 2 – Code of Conduct for BCS Members Page 1 of 3 Approved by Trustee Board 29th November 2006
4 You shall conduct your professional activities without discrimination against clients or colleagues Grounds of discrimination include, but are not limited to race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability All colleagues have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.
You should adhere to the relevant law within the jurisdiction where you are working and, if appropriate, the European Convention on Human Rights.
You are encouraged to promote equal access to the benefits of IT by all groups in society, and to avoid and reduce ‘social exclusion’ from IT wherever opportunities arise.
You shall reject and shall not make any offer of bribery or inducement.
Duty to Relevant Authority
6 You shall carry out work or study with due care and diligence in accordance with the relevant authority’s requirements, and the interests of system users. If your professional judgement is overruled, you shall indicate the likely risks and consequences. The crux of the issue here, familiar to all professionals in whatever field, is the potential...
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