When an institution becomes a member of ATHEA, it agrees to the disclosure of its accreditation status, including disclosure of the extent to which the institution is in compliance with the THEA Accreditation Standards and Expectations. The disclosure of this information assists external stakeholders, such as students, parents, and the general public, in making appropriate educational decisions.
Other information provided to ATHEA during the accreditation process is confidential, and ATHEA makes every reasonable effort to protect that confidentiality. Such information will be disclosed to outside parties only when disclosure is required by policy.
Only site visit team members, staff, and commissioners of ATHEA may review confidential institutional information. ATHEA requires these individuals to abide by this confidentiality requirement.
ATHEA makes every reasonable effort to avoid conflicts of interest. Site visit team members are excluded from involvement in the accreditation process for academic business units in which they have had, or might foresee having, a professional or personal conflict of interest. Members of the ATHEA Board of Directors and the THEA Board of Commissioners are required to recuse themselves from discussions, deliberations, or decisions about their own institutions where a conflict of interest might exist.
Site visit team members understand their ethical responsibilities pertaining to conduct before, during, and after accreditation site visits. Matters pertaining to an accreditation site visit are not discussed in public and are treated confidentially.
ATHEA policy requires that each site visit team member maintain the confidentiality of all THEA accreditation materials (e.g., self-evaluation, site visit reports, etc.). While such materials can be disseminated throughout the institution, as appropriate, they should not be shared with outside parties without the approval of the THEA Board of Commissioners.