Defending Teachers

At Unified LLP we specialize in representing teachers in a variety of legal settings. One of the most urgent and important forums is the Ontario College of Teachers. We are experts at providing representation at the Ontario College of Teachers having handled over a hundred individual cases. 

We know that teachers are subject to strict regulation, stressful work environments and intense scrutiny from students, parents and administrators. We know how stressful a complaint at the Ontario College of Teachers can be. We prioritize results that teachers value, including clear communication about how and when publication of allegations and reporting in the “Bluepages” occurs. Teachers should not go up against their regulator alone. We are here to help guide you through the College process, providing fearless and effective advocacy on your behalf. 

COLLEGE OF TEACHERS COMPLAINTS AND INVESTIGATIONS

Teachers are a self-regulating profession, that means that their conduct is regulated by the College of Teachers.  Members of the public and employers can make complaints to College.  These complaints are then reviewed by the Investigation Committee of the College and can be referred to the Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee

WHAT DO I DO IF I RECEIVE A COMPLAINT LETTER, NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION, OR A NOTICE OF HEARING FROM THE COLLEGE OF TEACHERS?

We believe it is essential that teachers are represented at the College.  The College’s process is run by highly experienced investigators and prosecutors.  You are entitled to defense counsel throughout the College’s process who can prioritize obtaining the best outcome in your case.  At KNC Law we have handled hundreds of cases at the Ontario College of Teachers.  We are experts at defending teachers regardless of the allegations.

WHAT IS A COMPLAINT LETTER?

A complaint letter is the first notification that the subject of a complaint receives.  It may be prefaced by a phone call from College staff confirming your contact information.  The complaint letter also sets out the College’s Investigation Committee process and how you can participate in that process.  It might offer you the opportunity to take part in a dispute or complaint resolution program.  It will offer you the opportunity to submit written materials to the College. 

The Investigation Committee is essential for you to present your case.  For many Members it is the only opportunity to have a matter resolved without publication in the “Bluepages”.  If your case concerns medical issues it is also essential those are presented effectively at this stage.  

We have substantial experience with preparing responses to the Investigation Committee.  We regularly have cases dismissed at this stage.  We can ensure that your response is provided in a favourable and effective manner within the deadlines set by the College.  We can also ensure that all relevant material is put before the Investigation Committee including witness statements, medical evidence and raise any relevant legal issues.  

WHAT DOES A NOTICE OF HEARING AT THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MEAN?

A notice of hearing indicates that your matter has been referred to the Discipline Committee.  It means that the College of Teachers is going to hold a public trial of the allegations against you.  The Discipline Committee’s outcome is always public and will be published on your Ontario College of Teachers profile regardless of your status with the College.  The Committee can also order:

  • Public reprimands;
  • Coursework at the Member’s expense;
  • Suspensions of the Member’s license for up to 24 months; 
  • Revoke a Member’s certificate; and
  • The costs of the College’s trial up to $10,000 per day of hearing.

Regardless of the outcome of a hearing a summary is published in the “Bluepages”. If you receive a Notice of Hearing please reach out to us immediately to schedule a consultation.