The Investigation

  • The Executive Committee will name an impartial investigator, usually a Society Officer or Council member. Any named investigator who believes they have a conflict of interest should not serve as an investigator.
  • In most cases, the complainant will be interviewed first and the written complaint reviewed. If the complainant has not already filed a formal complaint, he or she should be asked to do so.
  • The details of the complaint should be explained to the alleged offender by the investigator.
  • The alleged offender should be given a reasonable chance to respond to the evidence of the complainant and to bring his or her own evidence.
  • If the facts are in dispute, further investigatory steps may include interviewing those named as witnesses.
  • If, for any reason, the investigator is in doubt about whether or how to continue, he or she will seek appropriate counsel.
  • When the investigation is complete, the investigator should report the findings to the Executive Officer of the Society or other Society Officer, as appropriate.