CODE OF CONDUCT FOR INVESTIGATIONS
- DO NOT enter the site of investigation until all investigators have arrived.
You must enter as a group.
- The Team Leader will make all decisions concerning the investigation.
- The team Leader shall be open to ideas and suggestions of all investigators.
- DO NOT have an open discussion with or in front of the client and/or their family
about what you may be feeling or seeing. You must discuss this with the
Team Leader first. The Team Leader will decide when and if this
information should be discussed with the client. If the Team Leader
decides to discuss this information with the clients it will be done so
as a group and in a professional manner.
- All questions from the news, media, police, etc. will be directed to the Team Leader.
- All investigations will be performed in a
courteous and respectful manner. The behavior of an investigator
reflects on the SGS as a whole.
- All investigators are to respect the rights and privacy of the clients.
- All investigators are to respect the site at which the investigation takes
place, whether it is a home, cemetery, place of business, etc.
- NO littering at the investigation site. This includes cigarette butts.
- NO obscene or foul language during an investigation.
- NO alcohol or drug use before, during or
after an investigation. After the investigation means while you are
still at the investigation site.
- If you are on prescription medication and may have
adverse affects, please make the Team Leader aware of the situation.
You may want to reconsider attendingthe investigation.
- NO weapons, alcohol or illegal drugs are to be in your possession during an investigation.
- NO smoking during an investigation, except in a designated area.
- Always conduct yourself in a mature, professional manner.
- DO NOT trespass on a client's property without prior verbal or written consent.
- Keep long hair tied back.
- Remove all camera straps prior to an investigation.
- DO NOT practice any type of religion, voodoo,
witchcraft, etc. without the prior consent of the client. Your beliefs
and practices may not be that of the client. If you feel that you must
pray or perform a rite, do so before arriving at or after leaving the
site of the investigation, unless of course the client allows you to do
so at the site. This may go against your beliefs and practices, but you
mustremember this is not your home or property.
- When the Team Leader has declared the
investigation is over, all investigators 0will respect his/her
decision. All investigators will leave the premises at the same time.
It will be the responsibility of the Team Leader to assure everyone leaves in a timely manner.
- Any investigator who does not follow the SGS Code of Conduct during an investigation
will be asked to leave. Your membership may be suspended or possibly terminated.
A review by the Board of Directors or an appointed Review Board will make the
determination, based upon the action of the investigator. The SGS has a respectable
reputation to uphold as a group and as ghost hunters in general. Any misbehavior
will not be tolerated.
- As investigators, we must remember our clients are putting trust of themselves,
their families, their homes, property and possessions into our hands. Many clients
do not know us personally. They are in essence allowing a group of complete strangers
into their homes to roam, take pictures and notes of anything and everything they
own. Therefore, we must conduct ourselves in a mature and professional manner at
all times. We must provide a sense of security to our clients and each other.