AIS Codes of Conduct: Guidelines, Processes, and Complaint Resolution

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is committed to leading and promoting excellence in information systems education and scholarship and strives to cultivate a community by providing services and products to met the diverse needs of members and related communities. As such, AIS members agree to uphold the general ethical principles, professional responsibilities, and professional leadership principles outlined in the AIS Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Research Code of Conduct. This page also presents the AIS Code of Conduct for AIS Meetings and Events and AIS eLibrary Discussion Thread Code of Conduct.

If misconduct is observed or reported and there is any question of physical danger, please take steps to ensure the immediate safety of all involved regardless of complaint procedures that may follow.

We want you to feel comfortable reaching out to the association if you ever think there’s a breach of our ethics and conduct policies. To make reporting easier and empower you to contribute to a safe and professional environment, AIS offers an online incident reporting system managed by NAVEX Global’s EthicsPoint. Learn about the resolution process.

When you file a complaint, the details you share will be sent to the AIS Membership Director via EthicsPoint, confidentially and anonymously if you prefer. After membership verification, the AIS President will review the complaint, and if needed, it might be passed on to either the Research Conduct Committee (RCC) or Member Conduct Committee (MCC). If they can’t resolve an issue, the committees may take formal action with the alleged offender’s institution.

This process depends on academic institutions with more resources to find a resolution, minimizing legal exposure for Association officers. It’s designed to be fair to the person being investigated, using institutional mechanisms for a fair process and protection of rights. Remember, if a committee decides not to take further action, you can still directly request a formal inquiry from the alleged offender’s university.

The procedures for handling alleged member misconduct are flexible to suit each unique case. While ideal for clear-cut cases, the guidelines recognize different levels of misconduct. Less severe or disputable cases may have ess formal solutions, considering the interests of publications, the association, the offender’s institution, and broader ethical concerns. Disciplinary actions for an offender could range from expulsion to restrictions on publishing or participating in Association events.

Your comments are guaranteed to be heard. If you have questions about these AIS policies or processes, feel free to contact Melissa Heeke, AIS Membership Director, at

AIS Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Research Code of Conduct

Each AIS member should encourage and support adherence by all computing professionals regardless of AIS membership. AIS members who recognize breaches of the Member Code of Conduct or the Research Code of Conduct should take actions to resolve the ethical issues they recognize, including, when reasonable, expressing their concern to the person or persons thought to be violating the codes. AIS members who recognize a breach of the Codes should consider reporting the violation appropriate AIS conduct committee which may result in remedial measures which may include, but are not limited to, member censure, suspension, or expulsion.

AIS Code of Conduct for AIS Meetings and Events

This Code of Conduct requires that all participants conduct themselves during AIS activities in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or retaliation. Participants agree to treat each other with respect and consideration to create and ensure a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment.

AIS eLibrary Discussion Thread Code of Conduct

The AIS community is a mix of academics, students, and volunteers from all over the world, working on every aspect of the AIS mission of serving society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems.

Diversity of opinions is one of our strengths, but it can also cause communication and interpretation challenges, with consequent untended emotional reactions.