The Ethics Committee
The ethics committee at The Pet Professional Guild consists of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Membership Committee and The Guild President. The key role of the ethics committee is to investigate all reported ethics violations.
How To Report an Ethics Violation
The following is how a report of an alleged violation of the Pet Professional Guilds Guiding Principles is handled.
Reports of alleged membership violations will be handled according to this policy. Alleged violations must be limited to the guilds, vision, mission, pledge, key values and professional ethics, collectively referred to as The Guiding Principles. The responsibility for the investigation of alleged membership violations is designated to the Chair and Co Chair of the Membership Committee in cooperation and coordination with the President.
1. Filing a report of an alleged membership violation
The individual filing the alleged violation will:
a) Present the allegation to the President in writing. Contact
b) The report will remain confidential.
c) The following information must be included in the alleged violation report:
- The names of the alleged violator and the actual complainant in reference to the violation of the Guiding Principles. This must be specific. Please reference the area of the Guiding principles that you feel have been violated by including and quoting the actual text in your report.
- A specific description including where the violation was alleged to have occurred, who was involved, what happened.
2. Report receipt
a) The PPG President will acknowledge receipt of the alleged violation without comment within 24 hour of receipt.
b) The individual filing the report will be notified to keep the complaint confidential; this means no information about the complaint will be discussed with any other person. If confidentiality is breached it may be a violation of the Guiding Principles.
c) The President will forward the complaint to the Chair and Co-Chair of the Membership committee within 48 hours and notify the Steering Committee that a complaint has been filed. The details of the complaint will be kept confidential in order to preserve the Steering Committees ability to fairly and objectively interact with the member.
a) The membership committee chairs will review the complaint. If necessary gather more information and schedule an interview with the complainant.
b) If the initial review indicates that the alleged infraction is not a violation of the guiding principles then the complainant will be notified in writing and no investigation will be pursued unless further facts or evidence come to light.
c) If it appears that a violation of the guiding principles has occurred, based on preponderance of evidence, (is more likely to be true than not) then the President will notify the individual or group that are the subjects of the complaint and provide 7 days for the opportunity to reply. If there no reply to the compliant notification then the Ethics Committee will make a decision based on the information they have on hand.
d) Once all the information has been gathered, the President, Chair and Co-Chair will make a determination about the sanctions, this may include:
- Education: The need for education and mentoring.
- Membership Probation: From one week up to six months; may be combined with education.
- Exclusion: Termination of PPG membership
- If an individual wishes to appeal the decision they will be given 10 days to do so.
- All materials considered by the Membership Chair and President will be given to two Steering Committee members.
- A final decision will be made within 3 days and the individual will be notified in writing.
- Complete confidentiality shall be maintained throughout the process.
- Once a determination has been made, the parties involved will be notified that a determination has been made.
- Details of the determination will remain private.
- A violation of confidentiality by any party involved in the matter will be considered a violation of the Guiding Principles.
PPG Company Information
The Pet Professional Guild is a registered Florida corporation sponsored with private funding. The key mission of the corporation board and steering committee is to protect the key charter.
The Pet Professional Guild is governed by Florida Corporation law and its company bylaws. Funding for PPG is used to develop and maintain the company infrastructure and for the development of force-free educational programs and to promote the Force-Free movement.To further enhance its ability to advance the cause of force free training and pet care PPG is now actively transitioning to become a non-profit corporation to better serve its members and the public