Learning and Internalizing Ethical Practices in Students: Advancing a Student Code of Professional Conduct

Danielle Ivy Joan Hunt[1] and Brenda Nicodemus[2]
Gallaudet University


This paper revisits the roles and responsibilities of interpreter education programs to guide students into ethical practice as professional ASL-English interpreters. We discuss how the Gallaudet University Department of Interpretation and Translation drew on the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) to create a Student Code of Professional Conduct (S-CPC). The S-CPC was designed with the goal of guiding undergraduate and graduate students in the ethical decision-making process throughout their educational journey. We describe how the S-CPC was implemented across the BA, MA, and PhD programs in our department and the making of an ASL version of the S-CPC in order to align with the university’s bilingual mission. Finally, we summarize a few studies that explore the internal vs. external reward systems for maintaining honest behaviors that may be informative when implementing ethical guidelines in interpreter education programs.
Keywords: gatekeeping, Code of Professional Conduct, conduct, ethics, ethical behavior, bilingual.

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[1] Correspondence to: Danielle.Hunt@Gallaudet.edu
[2] Correspondence to: Brenda.Nicodemus@Gallaudet.edu
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