In addition to abiding by the Academic Language Therapy Association's Bylaws, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics, members of ALTA have certain obligations to our profession, colleagues, and clients. These are met . . .
To the Profession by:
To Colleagues by:
To Clients by:
Several simple, but worthwhile, conventions will serve to promote and maintain appropriate public recognition of the specialist nature of our education and professional practice and will help to give our profession important uniformity and consistency.
Use of the professional title "Certified Academic Language Therapist" is strictly limited to active members of the Academic Language Therapy Association.
Use of the Association's name and/or logo on business cards or other items is limited to members only.
Use of the official ALTA logo letterhead imprinted with Board of Directors is limited to the Board of Directors and Executive Office or by written permission.
Logo only stationery is available for member use to personalize.
ALTA members in private practice, and others where practical, should display the ALTA membership certificate as well as the specific certificate(s) of program completion.
Use of the ALTA membership Directory is for related professional purposes only.
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In order for the Committee to act on a complaint against a Certified Academic Language Therapist, the complaint shall be acknowledged before a Notary Public and submitted in writing to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall refer such complaint to the Ethics and Grievances Committee. No oral communication of complaints shall be investigated by the Committee. All written complaints shall be kept in an information file.
Informal hearings of disciplinary actions may be conducted after the filing of a sworn complaint but before a formal Committee hearing is set. Informal hearings may be chaired by one Committee member, or the designate or representative of the Committee. The Committee shall present its evidence substantiating the complaint, and the Certified Academic Language Therapist may present evidence by correspondence or appearance at the informal hearings, in an effort to bring about an adjustment and equitable solution to the matter without a formal hearing before the Committee. All informal dispositions of matters shall not be final and effective until the Committee, at a regularly called session, endorses and renders its acceptance of the proposed agreement of the parties. If the controversy is not resolved, such informal hearings shall be held without prejudice to the right of the Committee thereafter, to institute a formal hearing governing the same matters, or the right of the Certified Academic Language Therapist to request a formal hearing.
Prior to an informal or formal hearing by the Committee, the Certified Academic Language Therapist shall be advised of the specifics in the complaint as well as the date, time, and place of such informal or formal hearings; provided, however that notice of said hearing shall be served upon the Certified Academic Language Therapist no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the date set for said hearing.
A Certified Academic Language Therapist who is aggrieved by a decision of the Committee, may file an appeal with the ALTA Board of Directors within thirty (30) days of the receipt of a copy of the Committee's decision.
The Committee shall hear such witnesses as are reasonably necessary to fairly present the relevant issues as set forth in the complaint, together with witnesses knowledgeable of material facts to the defense of the Certified Academic Language Therapist.
The Committee shall keep an official record of all proceedings and exhibits.
The Committee may cause a transcript of the proceedings to be made which, together with the evidence and exhibits submitted, shall be the record of the hearing. Such transcript may be made also on written request of either party of said charges, but at the expense of the demand party. A copy of such transcript, however caused to be made, shall be submitted to the Committee and become part of the record of the case.
At the conclusion of each hearing and after careful consideration of all the evidence, the Committee shall make a finding in each case based on majority opinion. The Committee may find that:
the complaint is without merit, and should be dismissed; or
the complaint is substantiated and the Certified Academic Language Therapist has violated the Code of Ethics of the Academic Language Therapy Association.
In such case, the Committee shall then determine the penalty to be imposed. The penalty shall be one of the following:
When the Committee has made its findings, and imposed the penalty, the meeting of the Committee shall stand recessed as to that case, subject to recall by the Committee or the Board of Directors. The - Committee shall, to the extent possible, proceed with the conduct of the hearing on each subsequent working day until the hearing is conducted.
The Chairman of the Committee may carry on correspondence with the Certified Academic Language Therapist or the complainant, provided copies of such correspondence with either shall be immediately furnished the other.
If, for personal reasons, a member of the Committee finds that he/she should not act on any charge before the Committee, he/she may disqualify himself/herself from acting in the proceedings. By majority vote, the Committee may request but cannot demand that a member so disqualify himself/herself. Suggestions by any party that a member of the Committee should disqualify himself/herself shall be included in the record of the proceedings and shall be considered by the Committee.