Governing Ourselves

The College uses Dispute Resolution (DR) to help resolve complaints regarding members of the profession. DR is voluntary and without prejudice to the parties. The outcomes of the process are similar to those that would be expected following a full investigation and/or contested hearing.

Summaries of the cases reported here are based on facts derived from agreements signed by the College Registrar and the member, which are ratifed by the Investigation Committee. Publication is a provision of the agreements.

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Member: Not identified
Decision: Admonishment

The Investigation Committee admonished an elementary school teacher for inappropriate conduct that entailed grabbing a student by the arms and directing him to the office. The complaint included a second incident that involved the teacher grabbing a student by the shirt to keep him from colliding with other students.

The committee ratified a memorandum of agreement in which the member agreed that his conduct was unbecoming and to complete a course in appropriate disciplinary measures.

Member: Not identified
Decision: Caution

The Investigation Committee admonished former Avon Maitland DSB long-term occasional teacher Anthony Thomas Convay for engaging in a consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old female student with whom he now resides and whom he supports. The board dismissed Convay and no criminal charges were laid following a police investigation.

The Investigation Committee cautioned an occasional teacher in the Hastings and Prince Edward DSB for failing to properly supervise kindergarten students and for yelling at them in class. The teacher left three students unattended in a washroom after class started and the kindergarten door was closed. Two other students from the same class were found in the hallway by their parents. The committee ratified a memorandum of agreement in which the member agreed to complete a course in the appropriate supervision of students.

When the Discipline Committee finds a member guilty of professional misconduct, the member's name may be published in Professionally Speaking. If a similar matter is disposed of by the Investigation Committee or DR at the investigation stage and the result is a caution, the name of the member is not published. The College monitors compliance with all agreements reached through DR.