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.

2.2.2 Honesty

The investigator should correctly inform the persons from whom information is sought of the following items:

  1. The investigator's training or qualifications to undertake research.
  2. In what manner the information is being recorded.
  3. 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.