Records of investigations into allegations of misconduct and other potential grounds for discipline by faculty members.
This records class is a Personal Information Bank.
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Content & Scope
Grounds for disciplinary action may include misconduct, including misconduct in research, neglect of duties, misuse of University property, and unethical behaviour.
Where disciplinary action is taken these records are part of the member's official employment file.
The records include complaints and allegations, notes, memoranda, investigation documents, reports, settlement agreements, disciplinary decisions, and related correspondence.
In the event a disciplinary investigation or action is grieved or otherwise disputed, some records may become part of a grievance/arbitration case file or a legal proceeding. See HR48 – Dispute Resolution and Grievances and AD70 – Legal Proceedings.
Associate Provost, Human Resources.
- No disciplinary action taken: 3 years after conclusion of investigation.
- Disciplinary action taken: 3 years after last disciplinary action, except that if the grounds for disciplinary action included harassment, discrimination, or other verbally, physically, or psychologically abusive behaviour, the file may be retained for 10 years according to the provisions of Policy 75 – Official Employment Files of Regular Faculty Members, Appendix A.
Responsible Units should document the disposal/destruction of official records using the University records destruction form or equivalent documentation, to verify that we are following our records retention rules.
- Memorandum of Agreement between the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo and the University of Waterloo, Articles 8 and 14.
- Policy 75 – Official Employment Files of Regular Faculty Members.
- Policy 33 – Ethical Behaviour.
The retention period for cases where disciplinary action is taken is based on the provisions of Policy 75. The retention period for case files where no disciplinary action was taken is based on the basic limitation period under the Ontario Limitations Act, 2002.
Other units or individuals involved in the investigation.
Retention of Copies
Until the decision on the case has been rendered.
Disposition of Copies
26 October 2011