A code of ethics was published by the Canadian Association of Campus
Chaplains on May 30, 1992 . The UVic Interfaith (now Multifaith) Chaplaincy discussed
and adapted this code to the specific context of the University of
Victoria , and the following version was accepted by the Multifaith
Chaplaincy Team in January 2004.
We recommend that member communities and chaplains/faith representatives
familiarize themselves with this document, as it presents the standard
for our professional ethics.
This code is founded on the following values and beliefs:
A. We have accountability to the church/faith group in which we
have ecclesiastical standing and sponsorship.
B. We have accountability to the institution (university/college)
where we minister.
C. We show sensitive regard for the difference of race, culture,
nationality, sexual orientation, gender, age and religion of other
individuals and societies. We show sensitive regard for the physically
and mentally challenged.
D. We seek out and engage in collegial relationships.
E. We are committed to working in a multi-faith partnership.
F. We are committed to continuing education to enrich our professional
G. We strive to manage our personal lives in a healthful fashion
and for our own personal problems and conflicts.
H. We have an obligation to develop an awareness of other resources
on campus and in the community to which referral may be made. We
provide ministry for those persons who present problems, issues or
educational needs with which we are competent to deal.
I. We establish and maintain appropriate professional relationship
Principle I: Practice of Ministry
In all professional matters, members of the UVic Interfaith Chaplaincy
maintain practices that protect the public and advance the profession.
A. We use our knowledge and professional associations for the benefit
of the people we serve and not to secure personal advantage.
B. We attend to financial matters with due regard for recognized
business and accounting procedures.
C. When professional liability insurance is not available through
employment, members are encouraged to maintain such professional
liability coverage for the protection of those to whom they minister.
Principle II: Working and Educational Relationships
We are aware of the different roles chaplains fulfill on a campus
and we maintain a commitment to honour the trust of employees, students,
faculty, and staff. To this end:
A. We do not engage in any form of sexual impropriety in educational,
counselling and/or working relationships regardless of invitation
or consent. Sexual impropriety is defined as, but not limited to,
all forms of overt and covert seductive speech, gesture and behaviours
as well as explicitly sexual contact.
B. We regard all forms of harassment between chaplains, students,
faculty, and staff as unethical. Harassment is a form of violation
which includes behaviour such as inappropriate demands, threats,
gestures, innuendoes, remarks, jokes, slurs, displays of offensive
material, physical assault, or taunting about an individual's body,
clothing, habits, customs, or mannerisms. Harassment may also include
inappropriate or unwelcome attention to, or comments on an individual's
physical characteristics or appearance.
C. We do not engage in activities that could be understood as aggressive
Principle III: Pastoral Relationships
A. We show sensitive regard for the cultural and religious values
of those we serve and refrain from imposing our own values on them.
B. We recognize that the pastoral relationship involves an imbalance
of power. Any abuse of said power is unacceptable.
Principle IV: Inter-Professional Relationships
We recognize that we are part of a network of professional care-givers
both within and outside of campus ministry and that we are expected
to develop and maintain professional relationships. To this end:
A. We seek to support and respect other professionals.
B. We exercise care and professional protocol when receiving or
Principle V: Confidentiality
As members of the UVic Multifaith Chaplaincy, we respect the integrity
and protect the welfare of all persons to whom we minister, and have
an obligation to safeguard information about them that has been obtained
in the course of our ministry.
A. We regard all communications from those to whom we minister
with the highest professional confidence.
B. We do not disclose ministerial confidences to anyone, except:
as mandated by institutional practice or law; to prevent a clear
and immediate danger to someone; in the course of a criminal, civil
or disciplinary action arising from the ministry where the member
is a defendant; for the purpose of supervision or consultation; or
by previously obtained written permission. In cases involving more
than one person in the ministerial situation, written permission
must be obtained from alllegally accountable persons who have been
present during the interaction before any disclosure can be made.
C. We do not use these standards of confidentiality to avoid disclosure
when there is evidence of abuse.
D. Materials presented in reports or in person are used with permission
as defined by the parties involved.
Principle VI: Public Relations
Any advertising by or for a member of the UVic Multifaith Chaplaincy,
including announcements, public statements and promotional activities,
is undertaken with the purpose of educating the campus community
and the public, and when appropriate, helping the campus community
and the public make informed judgment and choices.
A. We do not misrepresent our professional qualifications, affiliations
and functions, or falsely imply sponsorship or certification by any
B. Announcements and brochures promoting our services describe