DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR ENGINEERS DISSENTING ON ETHICAL GROUNDS

IEEE Ethics Committee


Summary

1.Establish a clear technical foundation

2. Keep your arguments on a high professional plane, as impersonal and objective as possible, avoiding extraneous issues and emotional outbursts

3. Try to catch problems early, and keep the argument at the lowest managerial level possible

4. Before going out on a limb, make sure that the issue is sufficiently important

5. Use organizational dispute resolution mechanisms

6. Keep records and collect paper

7. Resigning

8. Anonymity

9. Outside Resources

Approved by IEEE Ethics Committee, November 1, 1996


IEEE Ethics Committee can be contacted at:

corp-99ethics@ieee.org or Phone: (732) 562-3929

Revised 22 March 1999

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