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Code of Ethics and Recommendations Adopted by the Council (Undated)
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Code of Ethics & Recommendations Adopted by the Council
RULE 1. No organist or choirmaster shall apply for a position, nor shall any teacher or school of music seek to place anyone in a position, unless a present or prospective vacancy definitely has been determined.
RULE 2. When requested, churches should give organist and choirmasters a yearly contract, which may be terminated upon expiration only, at ninety days notice.
RULE 3. None but the regular organist of a church shall play at weddings or funerals. Any exception to this rule must be made with the consent of the organist.
THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS:
A. That a "Committee on Ethical Practices" be appointed by The Council to receive and act on complaints of irregular and unfair practices on the part of organist choirmasters and churches. These complaints should be submitted in writing to this committee. This committee, with the ratification of the Council, has the power to act in behalf of the interests of the Guild as stipulated in the Code of Ethics and has the power to take steps to correct any situation presented to them, where this Code is being broken.
B. That organist and choirmasters be cautioned against breaking this Code of Ethics in spirit or letter and that at all times our "Declaration of Religious Principles" be their standard of service.
C. That the attention of all Guild members be called to the following article from our Constitution in regard to discipline as the result of neglecting or violating our Code of Ethics:
Article IV, Section 4, Page 18 - "Discipline"
In case of charges deemed inimical to the interests of the Guild being brought against a member, he may be censured, suspended or expelled from membership by a vote of the Council, after opportunity shall have been given him for a hearing in his own defense and after discussion. For this purpose a quorum shall consist of not less than fifteen members and not less than four fifths shall be in favor of censure, suspension or expulsion before such action can be taken. A member who has been expelled shall not be eligible to reelection, nor shall he be admitted to the rooms of the Guild as a visitor.
We hope that the attention of those in authority will be called to this Code of Ethics, and that these unethical and unprofessional practices may cease.
-- COMMITTEE ON CODE OF ETHICS