When a colleague’s career is at risk, a building rep is a first responder. At your next 10-minute meeting, go over some basic dos and don’ts when a teacher faces a charge or complaint.
- Do not make spontaneous responses to charges brought against you. In crisis, it can be difficult to think clearly.
- Do not appear at an accusatory hearing unless you are accompanied by an Association representative.
- Do not attempt to defend yourself alone.
- Do not accept an “opportunity to resign.”
- Do not agree to any proposals, whether orally or in writing.
- Do not submit a written statement to your administrator.
- Do not refuse carrying out an administrator’s orders, even though doing so would violate your contract. Your UniServ Rep will advise you concerning exceptions to this rule.
- Do write down immediately everything that has happened—a narrative including time, date, location, names of involved persons, witnesses, and actual words spoken. Do not submit this written report to anyone until your UniServ Rep has reviewed it.
- Do keep copies of all correspondence related to the situation.