The Code of Ethics of DMA
This Code of Ethics shall apply to all members and the term “teacher” and or “educator” as used in this code includes all members of DMA. This code seeks to set standards for members and to provide guidelines for the development of desirable conduct which will promote the dignity, integrity and public image of the dance profession, DMA and its members.
- The teacher shall create and maintain a professional image. The creation and maintenance of a professional image imposes on the teacher a number of professional and ethical responsibilities, some of which are embodied within this Code of Ethics.
- An educator’s first professional responsibility is to the enhancement of the quality of dance education provided to the students in his/her charge.
- In furtherance thereof, the educator shall strive to improve his/her techniques for teaching all types of dance, especially as modified or revised in accordance with the progress of dance education by the DMA. Teachers shall make a constant and consistent effort to improve professionally through continual study, knowing that “Dance is a Living Art”.
- The teacher shares a collective responsibility to work for the good of DMA, to uphold its educational goals and standards, and to abide by and uphold its Charter, Bylaws, Code of Ethics, Standing Rules and other policies. A teacher or group of teachers shall not make unauthorized representations to outside people or other organizations on behalf of DMA or its Affiliated Chapters.
- It is the educator’s responsibility to maintain relationships with students, assistants and employees on a professional basis. DMA recognizes the trust placed in as well as the unique power of the student-teacher relationship. The teacher-student relationship also shall include the teacher’s assistants and employees. The teacher-student relationship involves a power of imbalance. Therefore, the teacher shall not engage in harassment, abusive words or actions.
- All forms of sexual behavior or harassment with students are unethical, even when students invite or consent to such behavior involvement. Sexual behavior is defined as, but not limited to, all forms of overt and covert seductive speech, gestures, and behavior, such as physical contact of a sexual nature. Harassment is defined, but not limited to, comments, gestures or physical contacts of a sexual nature.
- DMA recognizes that a higher standard of personal behavior is expected of an educator because students, assistants and employees perceive the teacher as an example of integrity. The personal behavior of a teacher shall be legal, ethical and moral; and appropriate assistance shall be sought by the teacher for personal problems and conflicts, which may affect the teacher’s public image. The teacher’s behavior shall always reflect that the teacher is aware that he/she is considered an example to students, assistants and employees.
- The educator and his or her agents shall extend due respect to his/her colleagues, and be willing to work with them professionally, regardless of age, sex, nationality, ethnic origin, status, religion or political affiliation, qualification or personal differences. The teacher shall not knowingly solicit another teacher’s students.
- Any advertising, including but not limited to announcements, public statements and promotional activities, shall not misrepresent professional qualifications, or contain any false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or unfair statements.
- Fees and financial arrangements should always be disclosed in writing without hesitation or equivocation before the commencement of dance instruction.
- All fees charged shall be of a standard which upholds the dignity of the dance profession. All fiscal affairs shall be conducted with due regards to recognized business and accounting procedures.