Governing Ourselves

The College uses Dispute Resolution (DR) to help resolve complaints regarding members of the profession. DR is voluntary and without prejudice to the parties. The outcomes of the process are similar to those that would be expected following a full investigation and/or contested hearing.

Summaries of the cases reported here are based on facts derived from agreements signed by the College Registrar and the member, which are ratifed by the Investigation Committee. Publication is a provision of the agreements.


Member: Not identified
Decision: Caution

The Investigation Committee cautioned a secondary school teacher in writing for accessing, copying and distributing confidential Ontario Student Record (OSR) information pertaining to a student at his school.

The committee ratified a memorandum of agreement in which the member acknowledged his misconduct and agreed to review all board policies and provisions of the Education Act related to confidentiality obligations and the OSR, as well as the Ontario Student Record Guideline. The member also agreed to complete a course in professional ethics.

Member: Not identified
Decision: Admonishment

The Investigation Committee admonished a technology teacher in writing for inappropriate conduct, which included making inappropriate comments to students and grabbing the backpack that a student was wearing, causing the backpack to come off. The committee ratified a memorandum of agreement in which the member agreed to complete a course in appropriate classroom management and disciplinary interventions.

When the Discipline Committee finds a member guilty of professional misconduct, the member’s name may be published in Professionally Speaking. If a similar matter is disposed of by the Investigation Committee or DR at the investigation stage and the result is a caution, the name of the member is not published. The College monitors compliance with all agreements reached through DR.