Teaching is a fulfilling profession that has many rewards and challenges. However, teachers can also be the subject of allegations and complaints before the BC College of Teachers. This page will give you some initial advice of what to do if you are contacted by the college.
The college has a statutory mandate under the Teaching Profession Act to regulate the professional conduct and competency of college members. Concerns about the conduct of a teacher may come to the attention of the college through a variety of sources, the most common being: reports of disciplinary action taken by a school district, person complaints, and reports of criminal charges. The college will advise you in writing if it receives any reports regarding your conduct.
Facing allegations before a professional body is inherently stressful even where those allegations are inaccurate or minor. The slowness of college proceedings means your stress level may build over time. Most school boards have an Employee Assistance Program available free to teachers. They offer a range of confidential services including counselling and stress management. Support from a counsellor is recommended for anyone facing professional discipline proceedings. You should not avoid seeking support out of fear that it will be seen as an admission of wrongdoing. You are not alone. Your colleagues, your local, and the BCTF will assist you in responding to the college.