Ethics Questions

What are ARRT’s ethics requirements?
To become a candidate for certification and registration, you must demonstrate good moral character. Learn more about our ethics requirements.

What is an ethics review preapplication? When should I submit one? 
If you have concerns about a potential ethics violation—and you’re more than six months away from graduation—consider requesting an ethics review before you apply for ARRT certification and registration. This is called an ethics review preapplication. 

An ethics review preapplication is optional, however, it may be a good option if you've faced: 

  • Misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions
  • Military courts-martial
  • Disciplinary actions taken by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board
  • Serious honor code (academic) violations

Learn more about the ethics review preapplication.

What information should I submit with my ethics review preapplication?
The instructions on the ethics review preapplication form explain what information and documentation you'll need to submit.

How much time does it take for ARRT to process my ethics review preapplication?
An ethics review can take a significant amount of time—sometimes three months or more. If you’re concerned about meeting the ethics requirement, we recommend you request an ethics review preapplication before or shortly after you enter an education program.  

Can I get a refund of the ethics review preapplication fee if the Ethics Committee finds me ineligible?
No. The ethics review preapplication fee is nonrefundable because of the significant time it takes our staff and Ethics Committee to review each case.

What ethics violations do I need to report and when do I need to report them?
R.T.s need to report potential ethics violations (including state licensing issues, and criminal charges and convictions) within 30 days of the occurrence, during their annual renewal process, or when they apply for an additional ARRT credential, whichever event comes first. They must also submit a written explanation and hard copies of any supporting documents.

Learn more about the different types of violations

What happens if I don’t report my charges or convictions to ARRT?
It’s never a good idea to try hiding an ethics violation from ARRT. Failure to report a potential ethics violation breaks our rules. In fact, nondisclosure can be more serious than the violation itself, because it might involve falsifying an application (or renewal) for certification and registration.

What should I do if a court doesn’t have a record of my charge or conviction?
If you can't obtain records from the Clerk of Court or your attorney, we'll accept a notarized statement attesting to the charge, sentence, and status or completion of court conditions.

How do I report someone else who I think has an ethics violation?
If you see another R.T. engaging in questionable behavior, it’s important to report the activity to ARRT. When R.T.s violate the ARRT Standards of Ethics, they could be putting current and future patients in danger. The right thing to do is to call our Ethics Requirements Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580, and report the incident. 

What are the different types of sanctions? Which one will ARRT impose in response to my ethics violation?
Each case is unique and requires an outcome appropriate to the offense. We can’t say which, if any, sanction we'll impose until we’ve conducted a full review. Learn more about each type of sanction.

How can I get a sanction removed?
When we impose a sanction, we won’t consider vacating it for a specified period of time—typically three years. At the end of that time, you may submit a written request asking the Ethics Committee to remove the sanction. Contact our Ethics Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580 to learn more. 

You'll find more information in the ethics section of our website. You can also call us at 651.687.0048, ext. 8580.