ParaRationalise Code of Conduct
Section 1: Responsibility to the Reportee
Confidential information, such as the identity and address of a reportee of anomalous phenomena or the subject of an investigation into alleged paranormal activities, is strictly confidential and must not be disclosed to third parties, unless the permission of the reportee is obtained and there are legitimate reasons (e.g. the bringing in of a specialist consultant). This confidentiality applies whether the information was obtained personally by the investigator or from a third party (including details of cases investigated by other people).
1.2 Interviews may only take place after an appointment has been made with the reportee.
1.3 It is desirable for the sake of accuracy and for the protection of both parties, that tape recordings of interviews are made, but only with the permission of the reportee.
1.4 It is desirable that two people conduct the interview. If a woman or child is involved, one Interviewer should be a female.
1.5 Requests by the reportee for a third party of his or her choice to be present must be honoured.
1.6 If the reportee refuses to cooperate or requests no further contact with the Association, he or she must not be approached further, and the investigation must cease.
1.7 If a reportee becomes aggressively uncooperative, any ParaRationalise investigators must not enter into an argument, but leave politely.
1.8 An investigator must not enter, or attempt to enter, any premises without the permission of the owner, tenant or agent. This applies to all private properties and sites such as historic Monuments, private land and public houses.
1.9 Any damage to private or public property caused by a ParaRationalise investigator must be made good by the investigator personally.
1.10 Investigators are advised not to encourage reportees to visit their homes and should exercise caution in giving their telephone number.
1.11 Investigators should keep a professional, impartial relationship with the reportee.
1.12 Specialist techniques, such as hypnosis, should only be used if deemed absolutely necessary, and by a "competent" practitioner after receiving written consent from the reportee.
1.13 Non-ParaRationalise personnel should not normally be present, but if a woman relative or friend is taken along (see 1.4), she should remain impartial. Professional consultants (e.g. geologists, chemists, etc) may only be taken along on subsequent visits with the permission of the reportee. The status of the consultant must be made clear prior to the interview.
1.14 Investigators must not ask questions regarding the reportee's marital status or sexuality (unless it is deemed particularly valid to the investigation).
1.15 The reportee's health and welfare must be given due consideration during the investigation.
1.16 The reportee is entitled to be informed of any conclusions reached by the investigator.
1.17 The investigator must not act as a counsellor for reportees' personal problems. If the case does not appear to be within the realms of anomaly research, the investigator must recommend various help organisations
1.18 Permission must be obtained from the reportee if you wish to use specialist equipment (e.g. Geiger counters, cameras, video equipment).
1.19 Permission must be obtained from the reportee before publishing details of the case.
Section 2: Responsibility of Investigator (Pararationalise or otherwise)
2.1 When representing ParaRationalise, you should be of smart appearance, polite and conduct yourself in a professional manner. You must not act in any way that may bring ParaRationalise into disrepute.
2.2 You must not accept money or gifts offered by a "satisfied customer". Suggest that he or she makes a donation to charity.
2.4 A case report must be submitted in a format that meets ParaRationalise’ standards. ALL names and addresses, other than those of the investigators directly involved in the investigation, must be replaced with pseudonyms, unless express permission has been given by the reportee for real names and addresses to be used.
2.5 Artists' impressions must be signed as accurate by the reportee otherwise they may misrepresent the reportee and be of no value to anomaly research.
2.6 Investigators have no special rights and must always act within the law. They must cooperate with the police and security forces at all times. Investigators may be called upon to disclose confidential information to the courts.