Managing school council misconduct
The following steps are recommended as a way of managing school council misconduct.
Step 1 internal management
- Attempt to manage the issues at a council meeting.
- Remind councillors of their obligations under the Code of Conduct for Directors of Victorian Public Entities and the council Standing Orders.
Step 2 internal management
- Principal and school council president meet the individual/s separately and remind them of their specific obligations under the Code of Conduct and the council Standing Orders.
Step 3 regional involvement — escalation/continuation of misconduct
- The Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) liaises with the School Operations and Governance Unit, Schools and Regional Services, to discuss the matters and possible options.
- The SEIL and the principal should meet with the councillor/s outlining that their behaviours are contrary to the Code of Conduct and continuation of such behaviours may result in an investigation. This in turn may result in a recommendation to the Minister that disciplinary action be taken.
- A letter of warning may be appropriate at this time.
Step 4 conducting a formal investigation
- The Regional Office will manage the investigation. The SEIL will inform the School Operations and Governance Unit, School and Regional Services of the progress of the investigation.
- If required, the Regional Office will liaise with Legal Division on legal issues for example, rules of procedural fairness and natural justice.
- Depending on the outcome of the investigation, a recommendation may be made to the Minister that disciplinary action should be taken which may include the suspension or termination of the membership of the school councillor/s.
Guidance chapter on managing school council misconduct
Reviewed 26 May 2020