In order to facilitate a more efficient and streamlined process to handle certain ethics violations, the Indiana Association of REALTORS® has adopted the Ethics Citation Program, effective January 1, 2019.

A Respondent electing to pay a citation avoids an uncomfortable and often time-consuming hearing process. Respecting the right for due process, a Respondent may instead elect to request a hearing. The Ethics Citation Program is as confidential as the hearing process.

A Complainant may have less time involved, yet justice will still be served, thereby protecting the industry from unethical behavior. If the Respondent elects to have a hearing, the Complainant would need to attend.

The Citation Policy shall establish an Ethics Citation Panel, comprised of at least three (3) individuals, who will review complaints to determine eligibility for the citation program and the appropriate citations. The Ethics Citation Panel will be a subset of the association’s Professional Standards Committee, and the individuals on the Ethics Citation Panel will have a high level of experience in hearing professional standards cases.

Complaints must be filed within one hundred eighty (180) days after the facts constituting the matter complained of could have been known in the exercise of reasonable diligence or within one hundred eighty (180) days after the conclusion of the transaction or event, whichever is later.

For more detail and to file a citation complaint click here.