Code of Ethics
AICE promotes best practices in international education through collaboration among a variety of stakeholders. AICE Endorsed Members are specifically dedicated to providing high-quality international educational credentials evaluation services to individuals, schools, colleges, universities, professional licensing boards, government agencies, private and public enterprises and any other entities seeking such services.
Members of AICE are dedicated to providing high-quality services in the evaluation of international educational credentials to individuals, schools, colleges, universities, professional licensing boards, government agencies, private and public enterprises and any other entities seeking such services. AICE members are expected to maintain high standards of professional conduct and accept and adhere to the following principles of good practice:
- Remain committed to the advancement and dissemination of information on world educational systems and to the continued enhancement of credential evaluation policies made possible by the information available.
- Engage in dialogue with other members and maintain open lines of communication on matters related to evaluation policies, educational system, and related issues.
- In their promotional materials, Members must provide clear and precise information on requirements for an evaluation and required documentation, fees and services covered, general turn-around time for completing an evaluation with a statement of terms and conditions of service.
- Evaluate foreign educational documentation accurately and fairly in a manner consistent with the Member agency’s policies, as well as with the mission of AICE, based on research and application of standard evaluation methodology and principles.
- Obtain as much information and documentation necessary in each individual case to perform an accurate evaluation and to refuse requests for evaluations where documentation is inappropriate or insufficient;
- Not discriminate with regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, immigration status, marital status, sexual orientation, political opinion, or disability;
- Demonstrate awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for other educational systems, values, beliefs, and cultures;
- Maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and security of applicant’s records and respect the confidential nature of such information within the confines of federal or state law;
- Refuse any inappropriate attempts and offers of compensation to influence the content and outcome of the evaluation not based on facts or appropriate documents to satisfy particular purposes;
- Notify applicants as soon as possible when additional documents are required for evaluation;
- Upon request of an applicant whose credentials have been evaluated, provide information on the evaluation methodology that determined the equivalency under question;
- Accept full responsibility for evaluation outcomes and decisions and the proper notification of those outcomes and decisions to applicants, and if appropriate, to other third party recipients of the evaluation indicated by applicants.