Ethical Standards

All CAATE members, subcommittee members, Site Visitors, volunteers and staff adhere to ethical standards of practice in all CAATE-related activities.

Conflict of Interest

  • Conflict of interest refers to any situation in which a CAATE member or its subcommittee members or volunteer stands to gain materially from his or her association with CAATE.
  • A conflict of interest also exists when any member of the CAATE or subcommittees (or immediate family) is directly associated with or stands to realize financial or similar tangible personal or proprietary gain as a result of any action of the CAATE. Similarly, members of the CAATE are not to enter into employment relationships with persons or activities directly or indirectly detrimental to the CAATE.
  • The situations listed below constitute examples of potential conflicts of interest. These are intended to be illustrative and not necessarily inclusive of all possible scenarios. When a member of the CAATE has violated this conflict of interest policy, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Acceptance of gifts, entertainment or other favors from an outside concern that does or is seeking to do business with the CAATE. (This does not include normal business meals.)
  • Having a financial interest in an outside concern from which the CAATE purchases goods or services.
  • Accepting personal compensation for CAATE-related speaking engagements, consulting services or other activities.
  • Representing the CAATE in any transaction in which the member of the CAATE or subcommittees (or immediate family) has a substantial interest.
  • Representing the CAATE on any accreditation manner in which a CAATE member or site-visitor has a known conflict of interest related to employment, financial, residence in the same state, consultative services, institution alumnus, or other collaborative endeavors.
  • If any voting member of the CAATE or the subcommittees of the CAATE has a conflict of interest in any matter brought before the body for a vote, that member shall declare such conflict before any discussion of the matter. Further, any other voting members may share their concern regarding a potential conflict of interest of other voting members prior to the beginning of any discussion of the matter in question.
  • When considering accreditation recommendations, members of the CAATE shall absent themselves from the room for any discussion and/or vote on programs within any institution with which the member has had a business relationship or for which the member has served in an advisory capacity in the preceding three years.
  • Additionally, CAATE members shall refrain from any vote on any program located within that member’s state, member’s former employer/employee, with institution program directors who are alumni of member’s current or former institution or institutions that members have earned degrees at.
  • Each member of the CAATE and its representatives will sign annually a statement that acknowledges he or she has read and understands the CAATE ethical standards policies. Signed statements are maintained in the CAATE office.


  • The CAATE recognizes the appropriateness of reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by CAATE members, subcommittee members, Site Visitors, volunteers and staff in the course of their activities on behalf of the CAATE. However, the CAATE does not permit honoraria to be paid for any accreditation services rendered other than those established by the CAATE.


  • The CAATE requires that its procedures, and those of the subcommittees, be sensitive to the need to maintain confidentiality in their actions while also disclosing certain information to serve and protect the public interest such as program contact information, relevant statistics, program outcomes, and accreditation actions/status.
  • In order to comply with this requirement, the CAATE, Site Visitors, subcommittees, volunteers and staff will hold as confidential the following documents and the information contained therein except as noted above:
  • Applications for Accreditation
  • Self-Study Reports
  • Site Visit Reports
  • All Progress and Annual Reports
  • All correspondence between CAATE and the program which relates to the accreditation process
  • BOC documents
  • NATA Education Council Documents
  • NATA Documents
  • Institutions may release any of the above information, at their discretion. Except in the case of a program that has been placed on academic probation, the subcommittees of the CAATE will release findings ONLY to the membership of the CAATE. Except as noted above, the CAATE will not make public any of the above documents without the permission of the institution, unless an institution misrepresents the information either through public statements or release of selected sections of documents.