12. Policy on Potential Conflicts of Interest
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The decisions of the AC are to be made solely on the basis of promoting the best interests of the public, the yoga therapy profession, and the yoga therapy educational community. It is therefore the policy of the AC to have effective controls against conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest by AC members, reviewers, consultants, staff, and other AC representatives. To this end, each AC member shall sign the IAYT's conflict of interest policy annually.

Additionally, AC members shall strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Whenever the AC enters into a hearing or any other process concerning an accreditation application or a recognition action related to a yoga therapy training program, and an AC member is affiliated with the program, then that member:

  2. · Ÿ Shall disclose prior to the AC's discussion of the program’s application or recognition action the nature of his or her affiliation with the program; and

    · Ÿ Shall not be present during discussion of and voting on the program’s application or recognition action.

  3. For the purposes of this policy, a person is "affiliated” with a yoga therapy program if he or she, or a member of his or her immediate family (spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister):

  4. Ÿ· Ÿ Is currently, or during the last seven (7) years has been, an officer, director, trustee, employee, contractor, or consultant of the school in which the program is located;

    Ÿ· Ÿ Has been a student in the yoga therapy program within the last seven (7) years; or

    Ÿ· Ÿ Has had during the last seven (7) years other dealings with the school in which the program is located from which he or she has or will receive cash or property.

  5. If for any other reason an AC member believes he or she has a conflict of interest or the appearance of one with regard to any program's application or recognition action before the AC, or otherwise believes that he or she cannot make an impartial decision in regard to these matters, the member shall declare the conflict of interest or the appearance of one.

  6. If a representative of a yoga therapy training program that has an application or recognition action before the AC has reason to believe an AC member who has not declared a conflict of interest may have one or the appearance of one, then he or she may request the AC consider the matter. Similarly, if any other AC member, or the AC Manager, is concerned about an AC member’s possible conflict of interest, then he or she may also request the AC to consider the matter. Discussion of the possible conflict of interest or the appearance of one shall take place with all parties present; the matter shall be resolved, if necessary, by a majority vote of the AC, with all AC members entitled to vote with the exception of the member in question.