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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations


Subchapter 003 : Licenses

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 4931)
  • § 4931. Unprofessional conduct

    (a) Unprofessional conduct means the following conduct and the conduct set forth in 3 V.S.A. § 129a, committed by a licensee, an applicant, or a person who later becomes an applicant:

    (1) making or causing to be made a false, fraudulent, or forged statement or representation in procuring or attempting to procure licensure or renew a license to practice under this chapter;

    (2) using dishonest or misleading advertising;

    (3) misusing a title in professional activity;

    (4) engaging in any sexual conduct with a client, or with the immediate family member of a client, with whom the licensee has had a professional relationship within the previous five years;

    (5) harassing, intimidating, or abusing a client;

    (6) entering into an additional relationship with a client, supervisee, research participant, or student that might impair the person's objectivity or otherwise interfere with a licensee's obligations;

    (7) practicing outside or beyond a licensee's area of training, experience, or competence;

    (8) being or having been convicted of a misdemeanor related to the practice of applied behavior analysis or a felony;

    (9) being unable to practice applied behavior analysis competently by reason of any cause;

    (10) willfully or repeatedly violating any of the provisions of this chapter;

    (11) being habitually intemperate or addicted to the use of habit-forming drugs;

    (12) having a mental, emotional, or physical disability, the nature of which interferes with the ability to practice applied behavior analysis competently;

    (13) engaging in conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public, including exposing clients to unjustifiably degrading or cruel interventions or implementing therapies not supported by a competent clinical rationale; or

    (14) failing to notify the Director in writing within ten days of the loss, revocation, discontinuation, or invalidation of any certification or degree offered to support eligibility for licensure or to demonstrate continuing competency.

    (b) A person shall not be liable in a civil action for damages resulting from the good faith reporting of information to the Director or the Office of Professional Regulation about alleged incompetent, unprofessional, or unlawful conduct of a person licensed under this chapter. (Added 2015, No. 38, § 46, eff. July 1, 2016.)