SAGE Code of Ethics


As a member of the international community of systems administrators, I will be guided by the following principles:

  1. Fair Treatment

    I will treat everyone fairly. I will not discriminate against anyone on grounds such as age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, national origin, or any other non-business related issue.

  2. Privacy

    I will only access private information on computer systems when it is necessary in the course of my duties. I will maintain and protect the confidentiality of any information to which I may have access, regardless of the method by which I came into knowledge of it. I acknowledge and will follow all relevant laws governing information privacy.

  3. Communication

    I will keep users informed about computing matters that may affect them -- such as conditions of acceptable use, sharing of common resources, maintenance of security, occurrence of system monitoring, and any relevant legal obligations.

  4. System Integrity

    I will strive to ensure the integrity of the systems for which I have responsibility, using all appropriate means -- such as regularly maintaining software and hardware; analyzing levels of system performance and activity; and, as far as possible, preventing unauthorized use or access.

  5. Cooperation

    I will cooperate with and support my fellow computing professionals. I acknowledge the community responsibility that is fundamental to the integrity of local, national, and international network and computing resources.

  6. Honesty

    I will be honest about my competence and will seek help when necessary. When my professional advice is sought, I will be impartial. I will avoid conflicts of interest; if they do arise I will declare them and recuse myself if necessary.

  7. Education

    I will continue to update and enhance my technical knowledge and other work-related skills through training, study, and the sharing of information and experiences with my fellow professionals. I will help others improve their skills and understanding where my skills and experience allow me to do so.

  8. Social Responsibility

    I will continue to enlarge my understanding of the social and legal issues relating to computing environments. When appropriate, I will communicate that understanding to others and encourage the writing and adoption of policies and laws about computer systems consistent with these ethical principles.

  9. Quality

    I will be honest about the occurrence and impact of mistakes, and where possible and appropriate I will attempt to correct them.

    I will strive to achieve and maintain a safe, healthy, and productive workplace.

  10. Ethical Responsibility

    I will lead by example, maintaining a consistently high ethical standard and degree of professionalism in the performance of all my duties.



This document was approved by the SAGE Ethics Working Group on Thu Aug 24 17:30:52 PDT 2000.