The following members are currently appointed to the OSIC unit of independent investigators (the “Investigation Unit” (“IU”)) for purposes of performing Investigations that may be assigned to them by the OSIC under the Complaint Management Process, in accordance with the OSIC Policies and Procedures.
Members of the IU:
- Are service providers independent from the OSIC and SDRCC who have been appointed to the IU following a selection process completed in 2022 (see Call for Applications here).
- Must comply with the UCCMS, SDRCC’s Conflict of Interest Policy, the Code of Conduct for members of the OSIC IU and SEAU, relevant policies, procedures and guidelines communicated by the OSIC for the IU, relevant professional standards and obligations and applicable laws.
- Must successfully complete minimum training requirements communicated from time to time by the OSIC, which may relate, for example, to the UCCMS, applicable OSIC policies, procedures and guidelines, trauma-informed approaches, unconscious/implicit bias, intersectionality, etc., as well as criminal record verifications in accordance with applicable screening policies of the SDRCC/OSIC.
As per the OSIC Guidelines Regarding Investigations, the OSIC is responsible for assigning Independent Investigator(s) to perform Investigations, with consideration to, for example, availability, geographical location, official languages, absence of conflict, area(s) of experience, expertise, and specific skills desired, considering the nature and/or circumstances of the Complaint. Parties to a Complaint can challenge with the OSIC the role of the Independent Investigator(s) on the grounds of conflict of interest or a reasonable apprehension of bias.
In accordance with the OSIC Policies and Procedures, the assigned Independent Investigator is responsible for investigating a Complaint on a fair and neutral basis and issuing an Investigation Report to the OSIC, which will include, without limitation, whether any alleged violation of the UCCMS and/or other applicable code/policy is substantiated or unsubstantiated.