COMPUTER SOCIETY OF INDIA (C.S.I.)
CODE OF ETHICS
Approved by Executive Committee in its Meeting on 8th May, 1993
CODE OF ETHICS FOR IT PROFESSIONALS
The need for a Code of Ethics for the CSI has been felt for a long time. This has been formulated.
- A Professional member of the Computer Society of India (CSI) shall:
- organise the resources available to him and optimise these in attaining the objectives of his organisation,
- use the codes of practice conveyed by the CSI from time to time in carrying out his tasks,
- not misuse his authority or office for personal gains,
- comply with the Indian laws relating to the management of his organisation particularly with regard to Privacy and Piracy, and operate within the spirit of these laws,
- conduct his affairs so as to uphold project and further the image and reputation of the CSI,
- maintain integrity in research and publications.
CODES OF PRACTICE
- As regard his ORGANISATION an IT professional should:
- act with integrity in carrying out the !awful policy and instructions of his organisation and uphold its image and reputation,
- plan, establish and review objectives and tasks for himself and his subordinates which are compatible with the Codes of Practice of other professionals in the enterprise, and direct all available effort towards the success of the enterprise rather than of himself,
- fully respect the confidentiality of information which comes to him in the course of his duties, and not use confidential information for personal gain or in a manner which may be detrimental to his organisation or his clients,
- not snoop around in other people's computer files,
- in his contacts and dealings with other people, demonstrate his personal integrity and humanity and when called to give an opinion in his professional capacity, shall, to the best of his ability, give an opinion that is objective and reliable.
- As regards the EMPLOYEES, an IT professional should:
- set an example to his subordinates through his own work and performance, through his leadership and by taking account of the needs and problems of his subordinates,
- develop people under him to become qualified for higher duties,
- pay proper regard to the safety and well-being of the personnel for whom he is responsible,
- share his experience with fellow professionals.
- As regards the CLIENTS, an IT professional should:
- ensure that the terms of all contracts and terms of business be stated clearly and unambiguously and honoured,
- in no circumstance supply inherently unsafe goods or services,
- not use the computer to harm other people or to bear false witness,
- be objective and impartial when giving independent advice.
- As regards the COMMUNITY, an IT professional should:
- make the most effective use of all natural resources employed,
- be ready to give professional assistance in community affairs,
- not appropriate other people's intellectual output,
- always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for fellow humans.
CODE OF ETHICS UNDERTAKING
I ............................. affirm that as a professional member, I shall abide by the Code of Ethics of the Computer Society of India (CSI). I further undertake that I shall uphold the fair name of the Computer Society of India by maintaining high standards of integrity and professionalism.
I am aware that any breach of the Code of Ethics may lead to disciplinary action against me under the Byelaws and rules of the CSI. I hereby confirm that I shall be bound by any decision taken by the CSI in such matters.
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CODE OF ETHICS PROCEDURE FOR ACTION AGAINST A MEMBER FOR ANY BREACH OF THE CODE OF ETHICS
- This procedure aims at setting out a strategy for dealing with the breaches of the Code of Ethics by the members of the CSI. The term members includes Institutional members individually as well as collectively.
- All complaints shall be made in writing within 60 days of the violation of the Code of Ethics being noticed. These may be addressed to any Office Bearer of a Chapter or a member of the ExecCom. The complaint should include the following information:
a) Date of breach/violation: person/persons involved.
b) Place of event and circumstances.
- All complaints will be sent to the President CSI, by the recipient, with his/her comments.
Sequence of Action
- The President will send the complaint to the Honours Committee of the CSI consisting of one Past President as Convenor and two Past Presidents/Office Bearers as members.
- The Honours Committee will be appointed by the ExecCom every year in its first meeting in July.
- The Honours Committee would meet and take the following actions:
a) If the case is clear-cut, get written explanation/comments from various parties and set a date for hearing,
b) Carry out investigation, by visit to the location, if necessary,
c) Fix a date for a formal hearing. The hearing would go into evidences offered and allow witnesses to be brought and examined.
- The findings of the Honours Committee would depend on the merits of each case and their recommendation to the ExecCom may be
a) Honourable acquittal.
b) Removal from membership.
- The recommendations of the Honours Committee whenever any removal of a member from the membership of the CSI is involved, will be publicised through the CSI Publications after the approval of the ExecCom.
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