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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 Registrar initiated a complaint against Sandy, a high school music teacher.

The allegations included the following:

It was alleged that Sandy asked for volunteers with cellphones to come to a room adjacent to the music classroom where they proceeded to repeatedly dial a number belonging to a financial institution. They did so, unsupervised, while Sandy taught a class.

Sandy acknowledges that she asked students to volunteer to use their cellphones to try and contact a financial adviser, but denied that it was ever her intention to deliberately violate school policy on cellphone use.

She also regularly opened the room adjacent to the music room to observe the students and ensured that she was standing in close proximity to the room door.

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

The Outcome

The panel decided to caution Sandy in writing. The panel was of the opinion that Sandy did not fulfil the requirement of adequate supervision.