The Register of Professional Archaeologists is a community of professional archaeologists. Our mission is to establish and adhere to standards and ethics that represent and adapt to the dynamic field of archaeology and to provide a resource for entities who rely on professional archaeology services.
The Register values on-going professional development, however, the proposal to require continuing education credits has been tabled by the Board of Directors due to the COVID-19 crisis.
THE REGISTER'S STATEMENT ON THE REGISTER’S GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
10 January 2021
By joining the Register of Professional Archaeologists, an archaeologist recognizes their personal responsibility to colleagues, clients, and the public and agrees to be held accountable for their professional behavior. The Register takes complaints against Register-certified archaeologists very seriously. When a grievance is filed, the Grievance Coordinator opens an investigation and convenes the Grievance Committee to determine appropriate action. The Register's grievance procedures are designed to provide for a fair, thorough, and expeditious process. If the committee determines further action is appropriate, the committee could issue an official admonishment, public censure, suspension, termination of the accused's RPA affiliation or a finding that no breach of the Code of Conduct occurred. More details on the Grievance process, the Code of Conduct, and Standards of Research Performance can be found on the Register's website: https://rpanet.org/about-grievance/.
The Register has received three complaints that a Registered Professional Archaeologist harassed a colleague during a plenary session at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference on January 6, 2021. Harassment is a violation of the Register Code of Conduct and is grounds for disciplinary action. The Grievance Coordinator has opened an investigation. Additional statements may be made on this matter if appropriate.
Deborah L Rotman
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ETHICS DATABASE
The Archaeological Ethics Database is an ongoing project by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).
One of the major goals of the Register of Professional Archaeologists is to provide and enforce the organization’s Code of Conduct (Code) and the Standards of Research Performance (Standards). The grievance hotline connects you directly to the Grievance Coordinator, avoiding office staff and intermediaries, for confidential consultation and information.
*For non-Grievance queries, please call 1-317-352-2262.