NASAD works to avoid conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest in any aspect of its accreditation activities and in its other operations. The Association expects all individuals involved in any relationship with NASAD to declare potential conflicts of interest as they appear. Questions concerning conflicts of interest should be addressed to the office of the Executive Director.
With regard to financial matters that come before the Executive Committee or Board of Directors, if an issue involves potential conflict of interest for a member, it is the responsibility of that member to (a) identify the potential conflict in any area where they, their families, employees, or close associates could or would receive benefit or gain; (b) not be present or otherwise participate in discussion of or vote on the issue, program, or motion being considered, both to be recorded in the minutes of the Executive Committee or Board.
In official decision making and in the accreditation process, potential conflict of interest may arise based on personal associations, past or projected affiliations, past or current financial relationships, geographic proximity, or for other reasons.
No member of the Commission on Accreditation or the Committee on Ethics shall participate in any way in decisions in which he or she has a pecuniary or personal interest (or the appearance of same) or with respect to which, because of present institutional or program association, he or she has divided loyalties or conflicts (or the appearance of same) on the outcome of the decision. This restriction is not intended to prevent participation and decision-making in a general run of cases that do not directly or substantially affect the institution or program with which the member of the Commission or Committee on Ethics is associated or its competitive position with a neighboring institution or program under review.
If a conflict of interest issue arises, the matter shall be forwarded to the Executive Director, who shall gather information, solicit advice as appropriate, and attempt to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of all concerned, consistent with the published policies and procedures of the Association and with consideration of standard practice within the postsecondary accreditation community. Should the Executive Director be unable to achieve resolution, the Executive Director shall bring the matter to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall seek resolution through procedures developed to address the specifics of each case.
As an elected or appointed official of NASAD, by entering my name below, I hereby affirm that I have read and acknowledge the Association’s Conflict of Interest Policy as quoted above from its Handbook, Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part I., Article I., Section 2.