What is non-professional conduct?
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Category I: Abuse

Abuse refers to behaviour of adults in the education system which has one or more of the following components:
  • is counter to the position of trust conferred upon adults in the education system;
  • is a breach of section 31(1) of the Family Services Act;
  • is a Criminal Code offense involving children; or
  • is a form of discrimination under the Human Rights Act or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that is likely to have an injurious effect on students.

    Examples of Abuse
    • behaviour of a sexual nature with pupils such as: making or accepting sexual advances or invitations, asking for a date, touching inappropriately or having a sexual relationship;
    • behaviour which is considered physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect of a child whether or not the child is a pupil in the public education system;
    • discriminatory behaviour based on race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, place of origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, culture, language group, or grade level.
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