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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 Luke, a high school teacher. The allegations against him comprised a variety of behaviours and comments that he should have known to be unwelcome and inappropriate.
The allegations included:
The school board's investigation substantiated the allegations. Consequently, Luke was advised that he would be suspended.
The board issued a letter of discipline to Luke, encouraging him to go to counselling or use other resources to improve his performance and his interactions with students.
Luke denied the allegations. He said that some of them were exaggerated and had been taken out of context.
If you were a member of the Investigation Committee panel, what would you have issued to this teacher?
The Investigation Committee panel reviewed the information gathered during the investigation and the submissions made by the member's counsel.
The panel decided to admonish Luke in writing. Even though he denied the allegations, the panel found that there was enough information provided by witnesses to support that the allegations should be addressed by the Investigation Committee.