In March 2012, the NASPA Board of Directors asked a group of NASPA volunteers to join a Ethics Task Force in order to prepare an Ethics Statement for NASPA. Below is the results of their report. The statement was submitted to the Board in July 2012. The NASPA Board of Directors thanks the Task Force for the start of what continues to be an ongoing discussion of ethics in the student affairs profession.
NASPA Ethics Statement - July 2012
In July 2010, the NASPA Board of Directors and the ACPA Governing Board approved Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners.
This set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student a!airs professionals regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. All student affairs professionals should be able to demonstrate their ability to meet the basic list of outcomes under each competency area regardless of how they entered the profession. Thus, this document is intended to inform the design of professional development opportunities for student affairs professionals by providing outcomes that can be incorporated into the design of specific curriculum and training opportunities. Additionally, if student affairs professionals desire to grow in a particular competency area, they can examine expected learning and skills in the intermediate and advanced levels. Such examination allows individual practitioners to use this document to help guide their own choices about professional development opportunities afforded to them. In this document, the terms “practitioner” and “professional” are used interchangeably. We expect that the contents of this document will evolve in accordance with the needs of the profession and those whom the profession serves.