Professional Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct of the CEM/AEM and the Applicants for the CEM/AEM

The CEM Commission requires all candidates for and those awarded the CEM/AEM certification(s) to at all times maintain the highest standards of academic and professional integrity. IAEM considers academic and professional integrity to be an essential component to the emergency management profession. A violation of professional integrity is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair advantage for the candidate. The CEM Commission considers violations of these standards to include, but not limited to, the following:

Plagiarism: Taking of information, thoughts or ideas that came from another person, source, expression or publication and using that information to represent one’s original work or idea.

  • For example:
    • Purposely copying parts or whole passages from another’s work into the essay or any part of the professional contributions without acknowledgment.

Cheating: The act of lying, deceiving or engaging in fraud to create an unfair advantage that allows one to gain leverage at the expense of others.

  • For example:
    • Copying or attempting to copy from others during the exam.
    • Communicating answers with another person or with the use of technology during the exam.
    • Have someone take the exam for you.

Misrepresentation of Credentials: Any statements claimed and documents submitted by a candidate must be true and accurate to the best of the candidate’s ability and reflects the candidate’s work. Deliberately making false statements or submitting false documents is considered a misrepresentation of credentials.

  • For example:
    • Submitting false references.
    • Submitting transcripts or degrees that the candidate did not obtain on his/her own accord.
    • Providing false information by fabricating or altering certificates, records, degree’s, and copyrighted material and presenting the information as genuine.
    • Forging signatures on any document where signatures are required.
    • Submitting another person’s portfolio as one’s own.

Theft or Damage of Property: Theft or damage of property is defined as the removal of property without the express consent of the owner or author.

  • For example:
    • Improperly obtaining a copy of the exam without the consent of IAEM for personal use.
    • Taking a candidate’s portfolio without the author’s expressed consent.

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