In an effort to support member institutions' relationships with vendors whom they engage to provide alumni programs and services, the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations offers the following guidelines, approved by the commission in April 2008.
It is incumbent upon the alumni relations professional to be aware of and adhere to their own institution’s conflict of interest guidelines and policies and how these affect relationships with vendors.
It is also suggested that alumni relations professionals and vendors read and agree to comply with the CASE Statement of Ethics. The CASE Statement of Ethics can be found at http://www.case.org, using the CASE Code ethics.
Vendor relationships fall into two main categories:
As an underlying principle, alumni relations professionals should strive to offer only high quality products and services that benefit both alumni and the institution. It is expected that corporate providers of these products and services will meet the institution's and/or alumni association's standards of integrity, value, and customer service.