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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 Sophia, a high school French-language teacher.
The allegations against her included the following:
The school board that employed Sophia determined that she did not adequately supervise the students while on the trip, and that she did not exercise good professional judgment.
Sophia acknowledged and regretted that her behaviour and actions were inappropriate and unacceptable. She attributed her actions to stress due to personal matters.
Her lawyer stated that Sophia had been an exemplary and dedicated teacher with the board for over 15 years.
If you were a member of the Investigation Committee, what would you do?
The committee decided to refer the matter to the Discipline Committee for a hearing.