Exploiting Professional Affiliations
In an effort to be helpful to his professional associates working within his state and some surrounding states, Harry occasionally sends out letters to fellow association members informing them of new products they might find useful. Sales are made through him at discount prices substantially under the retail prices charged by other dealers.
One day, a professional colleague questioned the appropriateness of Harry's solicitation and sales activities. Harry's response was immediate and jovial. He indicated that the state association should give him an award for keeping members informed of some of the latest technological developments and for all of the money he has saved those who have purchased supplies and equipment through him.
The AECT Code of Ethics—Section 3, Principle 3
Members of the Association have inescapable professional obligations with respect to employment and their relationships with colleagues, students, and others who they serve. These relationships are based on mutual respect and good faith. Therefore, it seems questionable for a member to solicit and sell commercial products to professional associates or students.
It also appears that, ethically, it is a very sensitive area for a member to accept compensation from producers and distributors when one's status and recommendations affect the purchase of such supplies and equipment.
Furthermore, it also seems questionable for Harry Truhart to engage in gainful employment outside of his school district contract where this employment could adversely affect his professional status and impair his standing with students, associates, and the community.
Jefferson N. Eastmond, Sr.