Discipline Process: Review

Last updated on December 19, 2022

The Commissioner reviews the complaint or report

The Commissioner for Teacher Regulation reviews reports and complaints about the conduct or competence of educators. The Commissioner then decides what process is appropriate to address a complaint or report.

Take no further action

The Commissioner may decide to take no further action, for example:

  • If a complaint was made in bad faith
  • If a complaint was made for an improper purpose
  • If a complaint was not made in a timely manner
  • If there is no reasonable prospect that the matter will result in an adverse finding
  • If it is not in the public interest to take further action

If the Commissioner decides to take no further action, the person who made the complaint will receive the reasons for the decision. The teacher will also receive the reasons.  

Defer action

The Commissioner may postpone taking action. If a school district, independent school authority, or criminal proceeding is addressing the same concern, the Commissioner may wait until that process is over.

Decide to resolve the matter by consent 

The Commissioner can suggest a consent resolution. The teacher involved in the disciplinary matter can also suggest a consent resolution. They can suggest a consent resolution before a citation is issued.  

Initiate an investigation

An investigator gathers information related to the complaint or report. An investigation may lead to a citation or a hearing.

The Commissioner will let the teacher know the outcome of the preliminary review. The Commissioner will also tell the person who made the report or complaint. If the Commissioner decides to start an investigation, the Commissioner will tell the school district or independent school authority that employs the teacher.