Q: Would an ethics committee have authority to to enforce a decision that does not correlate to a specific rule?
During the recent snow it was declared a state of emergency. When we couldn't attend the event. The host refused to reimburse the fees. Our ethics committee of the athletic association strongly recommended they reimburse. The host refused. We are appealing to the National board of directors.
A: The question requires clarification. What sort of ethics committee is involved, what industry/occupation and what grounds did the body give for its decision? Is enforcement being sought via the courts or in a private licensing/certification setting? For example, if this were a legal ethics matter, the relevant bar association could impose sanctions, but enforcement such as voiding the respondent's license to practice law would typically require application to and an order from the state supreme court.
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