Association Bylaws & Code of Ethics
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
The St. Louis Apartment Association (SLAA) was chartered in May, 1976.
The association is governed by their bylaws and code of ethics. Bylaws are the rules and regulations enacted by an association to provide a framework for its operation and management. These bylaws were amended in December 2021.
Code of ethics is a guiding set of principles intended to instruct professionals to act in a manner that is honest and that is beneficial to all stakeholders .
Members are expected to comply with the governing bylaws and code of ethics. Members are encourage to review both of documents.
Bylaws, St. Louis Apartment Association
Amended September 2012
Amended July 2014
Amended May 2015
Amended December 2021
NAME: The name of the Association shall be the St. Louis Apartment Association, (hereinafter referred to as “Association” or “the Association”) a Missouri nonprofit corporation. This Association will be operated as a trade association as defined in Section 501(C)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended.
Code of Ethics, St. Louis Apartment Association
Description: Statements concerning behaviors, perceptions, and actions of all members that relate to ethical compliance while acting within all areas of SLAA. This document is a guideline and does not represent the entire breadth of what constitutes good conduct and ethical behavior.
Purpose: To clearly set expectations so individuals will always know how to act ethically. The code is designed to foster trust and mutual respect among those working for or members of the St. Louis Apartment Association.
Governing Authorities: SLAA’s Bylaws
- This policy covers all volunteer leaders within SLAA. It also covers individual member’s behaviors when acting in any capacity of SLAA membership. Individuals applying for and being accepted for membership in SLAA implicitly agree to abide by the rules and regulations that govern the Association, which include these Code of Ethics statements.
- Members are expected to comply with any and all similar standards and ethical guidelines that are prescribed by their employer.
- These statements work in concert with the SLAA Standards of Business Conduct that are focused on the business operation functions within SLAA.
- Member expulsion from SLAA is only approved by the Board of Directors.
Purpose: All SLAA members are expected to comply with the SLAA Code of Ethics. When in doubt, members have the responsibility to seek clarification from SLAA.
- SLAA members shall treat each other with respect when dealing with matters that could affect their professional reputations. All members shall recognize that the profession will be judged by the conduct of individual members.
- SLAA members shall use SLAA membership as a means of professional development for themselves and not personal aggrandizement.
- SLAA members shall not disclose, directly or indirectly, any confidential information relating to SLAA business, staff, or other SLAA members.
- SLAA members shall be encouraged to share (within bounds of confidentiality and proprietary) educational and professional development information to the membership.
- SLAA members shall maintain the highest professional standards and ethical behavior in their Association relationships. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of mail lists, membership information and membership resources, or any calls, contacts or working relationships outside of SLAA.
Conflicts of Interest
- Promptly disclose any known conflict of interest to related parties and use any reasonable means to resolve such conflicts.
- SLAA members shall not buy or sell products or services at SLAA functions, except at trade shows or displays established for that purpose.
Compliance with Laws
- SLAA members shall not discriminate because of race, sex, creed, age, disability or national origin as it relates to their Association relationships.
- Recognize and discharge my responsibility and that of my Association to uphold all laws and regulations relating to SLAA activities.
Responsibility to the Profession
- SLAA members shall abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association and shall support the objectives of its strategic plan and show respect in interactions with the interests of the Association.
- SLAA members shall not engage in professional malfeasance, nor shall they make any misrepresentation concerning professional designations, nor shall any member misrepresent their educational qualifications, credentials, or working experience.
Protection of Assets
- Individuals who oversee Association assets shall apply the best available knowledge and techniques to preserve asset value and integrity.
- SLAA members shall endeavor to deal fairly with other members, competitors, vendors, and employees. No member shall take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, misrepresentation or material facts, or any other unfair dealing practice.
Reporting of any Illegal or Unethical Behavior
SLAA members are responsible to report the actions of individuals or companies considered contrary to the Code of Ethics to SLAA.
SLAA shall follow standard procedures for the enforcement of this Code as approved by the SLAA Board of Directors.