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Ethical college admission is the cornerstone of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Since its founding in 1937, when a select number of college and university professionals came together to create a Code of Ethics within the admission counseling profession, NACAC has striven to ensure principled conduct among professionals in the recruitment of students and the transition to postsecondary education. This code of conduct is known today as the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP).

At its 2019 National Conference in Louisville, the NACAC Assembly voted to remove three provisions from the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP) that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) believes inhibit, to some extent, competition among colleges for students. The three provisions address offering exclusive incentives for Early Decision, recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed elsewhere, and recruiting transfer students.

NACAC is currently under a moratorium of enforcing the CEPP, based on the DOJ inquiry. As this is still an active legal matter, and to honor the spirit of NACAC’s cooperation during the moratorium, NACAC’s legal counsel has recommended that the national Admission Practices Committee (and all affiliate Admission Practices Committees) not follow up on complaints for alleged violations of the CEPP.

NACAC Code of Ethics and Professional Practices

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