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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

  • 03/24/2011 2:13 PM
    Message # 552762

    Here is the 2nd Q, 2011 scenario:

    The background check of an applicant for a position in your lab reveals that key statements in her CV are blatantly false. What proves not to be false is that she holds memberships in AAFS* and CAC (as do you). She clearly violated both of these codes. Are you required to report her unethical conduct?

  • 05/10/2011 8:12 AM
    Reply # 588020 on 552762
    Pete Barnett
    The preamble to the CAC Ethics Code states, "In carrying out these functions, the criminalist will be guided by those practices and procedures which are generally recognized within the profession to be consistent with a high level of professional ethics. The motives, methods, and actions of the criminalist shall at all times be above reproach, in good taste, and consistent with proper moral conduct."  There may be other sections of the ethics code that might be applicable in a specific case (e.g., claiming credit for some work that was done by someone else), but certainly the profession does not consider misrepresentation of credentials as being "consistent with a high level of professional ethics."  I think there is an obligation to report to the CAC.  The AAFS is not as clear, but could fall under the general heading of misrepresentatio of data.
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