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Today’s education system is more challenging than ever. Student discipline has seen significant amendments in recent years impacting the roles and responsibilities of education professionals. It is critical that education professionals have a thorough understanding of the legal regime that governs their actions in conducting investigations at the school level.

Using case studies and real life examples this BRAND NEW OsgoodePD program has been developed by education law experts to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the most pertinent legal issues, best practices & tips that confront educational leaders and their legal advisors when faced with conducting a student discipline investigation.

You will acquire knowledge and strategies you can apply immediately. Topics will include:

  • The Statutory framework – the law that guides your actions
  • Understanding the preliminary considerations – questions to ask yourself at the outset of an investigation
  • Tips and best practices in conducting the investigation
    • Who do you interview & in what order?
    • What types of questions should you be asking?
    • Who should/should not be present?
    • Presumption of innocence & fair treatment for student facing accusations
  • Best practices in documentation
  • The do’s and don’ts in the drafting of expulsion reports



  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP


  • Liz Cook, School Support Officer, Leadership Development & School Support Services, Peel District School Board
  • Lawrence De Maeyer, School Services Officer, Peel District School Board
  • Colin Fleming, Protective Services Consultant, Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC)
  • Joseph Geiser, Protective Services Coordinator, Catholic Principals’ Council Ontario (CPCO)
  • Sheila M. MacKinnon, Shibley Righton LLP


Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including link to program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web-On Demand

Date Recorded
November 14, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$325 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators – Principals & Vice Principals
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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This program is an elective towards The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.


Each jurisdiction has its own guidelines for CPD credit for online/archived programming. Click here to learn what credit may be claimed.

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