The Discipline Process
Teachers Act sets out the discipline process for educators and creates
a system where reports and complaints can be received by the Commissioner for Teacher
Regulation concerning the conduct or competence of those holding certificates or
letters of permission. The Commissioner acts in the public interest and is responsible
for reviewing the information gathered and deciding which process is appropriate
to address a complaint or report.
The Commissioner may:
- take no further action and provide reasons for this decision
- initiate an investigation
- make or accept a proposal for a consent resolution agreement
- issue a citation, which would lead to a hearing.
In any case, whether it is resolved through the disciplinary hearing or consent
resolution process, there are several options available if the certificate holder
is found to have breached the professional standards. These include a reprimand,
suspension, placing limits or conditions on, or cancellation of a certificate.