CODE OF ETHICS
The Shadow Guard, owner of The Unforgiven Awards and Fortress of the Unforgiven web site, do hereby declare on behalf of myself and other members of the Inner Circle who evaluate for this Award Program, agree to advance and promote the Website Evaluator Code of Ethics in order to ensure fairness to all Applicants and to maintain the honor and integrity of Applicants, Evaluators and Awards .
I agree to allow eligibility to all Applicants who meet the SET (posted on-line, written = set) Criteria of my award. I agree to be uniform in the eligibility requirements (Criteria) and will fairly evaluate all sites/pages meeting my Criteria, which are submitted by any Applicant. I further agree to clearly post these Criteria.
I agree not to discriminate on grounds of race, gender, nation of origin, religion, profession, age, (other than meeting C.O.P.P.A. standards) mental or physical handicap, or any other reason which is globally viewed as an illegal trait or manner of conduct.
I agree not to accept any applications from the members of my evaluation panel since this may cause violation of other clauses.
I agree to set forth Awards Criteria and to adhere to it. Proposed time frames for changes will be posted for two (2) weeks prior to the final publishing of same with notices posted on site so all potential Applicants can view and understand the proposed changes.
I agree to evaluate websites under the Criteria, which was in place at the time of any and/or all application/s. If changes are made to Criteria AFTER application/s is/are received, the submitted site/s will be evaluated using the Criteria that were in effect when Applicant/s initially submitted the site/s.
I agree to immediately inform any Criteria compliant Applicant in writing, of a 'Refrain to Evaluate' if it is found that a Conflict of Interest would occur in evaluating their Website.
I agree to maintain a professional, friendly and positive manner in any and/or all correspondence and/or communication held with any Applicant/s.
I agree to evaluate all submitted sites within twelve (12) weeks of receipt of submission. If this deadline cannot be met, I will notify applicant/s stating reason for such.
I agree not to divulge any information about any Applicant to persons, groups, or agencies not directly connected to my Awards Program, and only then for the purpose of evaluating submissions and notifying winners. All information received from Applicants via e-mail submissions or submission forms will be deemed private.
I agree to maintain any owned individual website/s that includes Awards Program/s to a standard that meets the Criteria of the Awards given. In the case of any Awards offered that is/are OUTSIDE the main subject of my websites, any and/or all such web sites will be maintained to a high standard of integrity in all its/their main areas.
I agree that there will be only one obligation for winning Awards from this website beyond meeting the Criteria. It is a requirement that any Awards granted from this website must be displayed in a method that will be outlined in Award notification e-mails.
I agree that we will not grant Awards to, or in any other manner endorse or promote, any website that endorses, promotes or contains content which is considered globally to be illegal or discriminatory whether same be against human or wildlife.
I agree that I will not accept favors of any sort in exchange for preferential treatment of submissions. I will at all times maintain a high standard of honesty and integrity.
I agree that I will take all measures necessary to maintain the honor and integrity of my Awards Program.
This statement is considered public domain and may be used with appropriate modifications where necessary to meet your own personalized criteria.