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Ontario College of Teachers – Complaints and Discipline

As members of a profession, teachers are always on duty. You should be aware that teachers are expected to be professionals 24/7 and that the College has a duty to investigate. The OCT’s web page outlines the complaint process on the “complaints and discipline” page.
https://www.oct.ca/members/know-your-college/complaints-and-discipline
Note: ETFO Members are urged to contact Professional Relations Services (PRS) if a complaint has been filed against them. Many resources are found on the ETFO website.

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

ETFO’s listing of Occasional Teacher locals provides contact information as well as website links where available. This is where the answers to many employment-related questions can typically be found; answer will vary depending on your local agreement. The best thing a member can do to ensure that her or his negotiated rights are being upheld is to read the agreement and consider the implications. Members are encouraged to contact their local for clarification and/or assistance if they think that their rights are being violated by any party, including other members, administrators, or members of other unions.

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

Sexual Misconduct

Over the years, ETFO and its predecessor organizations have provided a comprehensive series of informational articles, videos, and advice to help members prevent the sexual abuse of students and avoid allegations of sexual misconduct. This is an issue that ETFO has consistently taken very seriously. ETFO continues to provide guidance to its members in many forums and in many ways.

In 2002, the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) issued its first Professional Advisory. That Advisory was called “Professional Misconduct Related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.” Every member of the OCT received a copy in the December 2002 issue of “Professionally Speaking”. In light of the intense public interest in the recent report of Justice Robbins involving these issues, and the release of the OCT advisory, ETFO has decided to issue this document to its members. This article will outline ETFO’s continuing work on this issue, will clarify the OCT advisory, and will reinforce the advice that ETFO has provided to its Locals and its members.

Sexual Misconduct

Allegations: What to do

Because of the nature of the occasional teacher role OTs can be more vulnerable to allegations of professional misconduct. This page has a collection of information from ETFO regarding what to do if an allegation is made against you.

Professional Misconduct