Discipline Process: Review

The Commissioner reviews the complaint or report

The Commissioner for Teacher Regulation reviews reports and complaints about the conduct or competence of educators and decides which 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 reasons for that decision will be provided to the person making the complaint and to the teacher.

Defer action

The Commissioner may decide to defer taking action until another process addressing the same issue or concern is concluded by a school district, independent school authority, or criminal proceeding.

Decide for a consent resolution

The Commissioner and the teacher involved in a disciplinary matter suggest that a matter be resolved in a consent resolution prior to a citation being issued.

Initiate an investigation

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

The Commissioner will let the teacher and the person who made a report or complaint know the outcome of their preliminary review. If the outcome is the initiation of an investigation, then the school district or independent school authority who employs the teacher will also be notified.