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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 regarding Louis, a high school teacher. It was alleged that he shared a personal anecdote with students that was demeaning to members of the LGBTQ community.

He also allegedly made numerous culturally insensitive remarks, including making fun of ethnic and religious groups.

Louis acknowledged making the comments referred to in the allegations, but explained they were intended to be humorous and had been taken out of context.

The school board conducted an investigation and suspended him for a brief period of time. He was also counselled on how to create and maintain respectful boundaries with students.

If you were a member of the Investigation Committee panel, would you dismiss the complaint or refer the matter to the Discipline Committee for a hearing?

The Outcome

The College's mandate is to regulate the teaching profession in the public interest. One of its roles is to resolve complaints about members. The Investigation Committee panel reviewed the parties' submissions and all relevant information available to the College. Members of the panel were satisfied that the allegations set out in the complaint related to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity. They referred the matter to the Discipline Committee.