What is the Investigation Process and the Role of the Investigating Officer?

For a detailed explanation of the investigation process and the role of the Investigating Officer, please see Sections C.1. and C.2. of the Code of Student Conduct, as well as the Memorandum of Procedures for Hearings arising from the Code of Student Conduct on page 11 of the Code.

After a complaint is filed , if the head of the Division (“Dean”) determines the conduct complained of falls under the Code of Student Conduct , the Dean may request the Investigating Officer to conduct an investigation of the case and to report his or her findings to the Dean.

If a Divisional Investigating Officer is unable to conduct an investigation or where the Dean believes, on reasonable grounds, that the appointed officer is inappropriate to conduct the particular investigation, the Dean shall seek an appointment from the central pool for that particular case.

The role of the Investigating Officer is to investigate complaints made against student members of the particular Division to which the Investigating Officer is assigned. Additionally, the Investigating Officer also plays a role at hearings. At non-academic discipline hearings, the Investigating Officer presents the Division’s arguments and may be assisted and represented by legal counsel.

*Accused Students from Multiple Divisions
Where a Dean has reason to believe that a non-academic offence may have been committed by you and a group of students from that Dean’s Division and from one or several other Divisions, the Dean may consult with the Dean(s) from the other Division(s) involved and may then agree that some or all of the cases will be investigated jointly by the Investigating Officers of the Divisions involved and presented at the hearing by one of the Investigating Officers agreed upon by the heads.