THRIVE: Representation and Support

On the last day of Thrive Week at UBC, we’d like to remind you about your Right to Representation.

One of the most important things that we do for AAPS members is provide you with professional representation. You can to have an AAPS presentative support and represent you during the following processes:

Whether you are the subject, witness, or complainant in an investigation, you have the right to AAPS representation.

Even the times when investigations are conducted in a highly professional manner, they are still very stressful and mentally taxing for all participants. We want to make sure that you are well supported if you ever have to go through this process.

AAPS representatives are on your side and looking out for your best interests. They ensure the questions that you answer in an investigatory process are fair and reasonable, and they ensure that you are not inadvertently jeopardizing your job at the University.

We’ve seen a number of situations over the last few years where members have turned down their Right to Representation. The outcomes have not been positive. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, even if you have a good relationship with your manager and human resources advisor, even if you are only called to the investigation as a witness, you should always say “yes” to professional representation in any investigatory matter.

Disciplinary investigations have been conducted by the University without proper warning to the AAPS member and often under misleading circumstances. During these disciplinary investigations, AAPS members are frequently subjected to inappropriate questioning.

We sincerely hope that if you find yourself in an investigatory process, you always “yes” to representation.