EXCERPT FROM SECTION II, THE FIELD INVESTIGATOR'S CODE OF ETHICS
by Ron Westrum, Ph. D.
2.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE CODE OF ETHICS
The objectives of the Code of Ethics are: to promote free and
dispassionate investigation of UFO sightings with due regard to the
rights of the percipients; to promote an understanding of the aims of
MUFON by percipients and the community in general; and, to protect
MUFON and its representatives from public censure and legal problems.
2.2 TENETS OF THE CODE OF ETHICS
2.2.1 Scientific Detachment
The investigator should always conduct him/herself as a scientific
researcher, looking into each case as objectively as possible. The
primary concern of the researcher should be to ascertain the truth.
The investigator should correctly inform the persons from whom
information is sought of the following items:
- The investigator's training or qualifications to undertake research.
- In what manner the information is being recorded.
- What use is likely to be made of the information gathered.
All exaggeration, mystification, or sensationalism is to be avoided
in favor of an honest, sincere presentation of one's self and one's
objectives. The investigator should not encourage delusional thinking,
nor insist upon a narrow and dogmatic interpretation of the
facts. False hope of fame or profit should not be used to get
witnesses to talk. The role of MUFON vis-a-vis other investigative
organizations should not be exaggerated. Similarly, the investigator
owes the percipient a frank assessment of the validity of his/her
experience as evidence of an anomalous event, if such an assessment is
asked for the percipient.