The Board may under G.S. 90-270.60, and in accordance with Chapter 150B of the North Carolina General Statutes, deny, revoke, or suspend licensure, discipline, place on probation, limit practice, or require examination, remediation, or rehabilitation, or any combination of the disciplinary actions described.
In cases where there is credible evidence to suggest that a violation may have occurred, the Board may serve a notice of charges upon the individual against whom the complaint was made. The Board then may seek to issue a Consent Order or schedule a disciplinary hearing. Members of the Board who serve on the review committee do not serve on the hearing panel for disciplinary proceeding(s) for cases they have reviewed. In matters that proceed to a disciplinary hearing, witnesses may be called to come forward and provide testimony in support of the complaint. At the same time, the person under investigation, who may choose to be aided by their own attorney, may present their evidence and defense.
Following any disciplinary hearing, or when a person requests to waive his/her right to a hearing in favor of a Consent Order, the Board will issue a final order.
In a statement of charges, the allegations are clearly set forth, and the statutes and ethical standards which are alleged to have been violated are listed. The respondent is offered the opportunity for a hearing in the matter. If requested by the licensee or respondent, a hearing is scheduled at a later date. If a hearing is not requested, the Board may schedule and hold a hearing even if the licensee or respondent does not attend.