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Governing Ourselves

This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.

Investigation Committee Case Study

What Would You Do?

The College's Investigation Committee considers all complaints made to the College about its members and reviews all information resulting from investigations. The committee can dismiss a complaint or refer the matter, in whole or in part, to the Discipline or Fitness to Practise committees for a hearing.

The Investigation Committee may also caution or admonish the member in writing or in person, or provide written reminders or advice, or ratify a Memorandum of Agreement reached through the complaint resolution process.

By law, cases under investigation are confidential. For the education of members, the following account, based on facts from real cases, raises important questions about teacher conduct, such as what is appropriate and what is not. Details have been altered to respect confidentiality.

The College received a complaint about Lynda, a high school teacher. It was alleged that she: smuggled goods across the Canada/U.S. border; and sold smuggled goods for personal gain.

The board investigation, which reviewed media reports of the trial and the court transcript of the proceedings, revealed that Lynda was involved, along with other members of the community, in a scheme to smuggle meat across the border for personal financial gain.

The board terminated her employment; however, an arbitrator ordered her reinstatement and a nine-month suspension instead. She ultimately faced no criminal charges.

If you were a member of the Investigation Committee panel, what would you have issued to this teacher:

The Outcome

The Investigation Committee panel reviewed the submissions of the parties. The panel noted that Lynda acknowledged the allegations. Due to their seriousness, the panel decided to admonish her in writing.