(A) The committee may continue a hearing upon its own motion or the motion of any party.
(1) Requests for continuance shall be addressed to the chairman of the committee.
(2) Requests for continuance shall be made, in writing, not later than three calendar days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing.
(3) Each party shall contact all of the witnesses he has subpoenaed and inform them of any continuance.
(B) If a continuance is granted, the committee shall establish a new hearing date, and the time within which a hearing must be held shall be extended by the period of any continuance granted.
(C) Absent compelling circumstances, hearings shall not be continued due to the unavailability of a subpoenaed witness. The committee may hold the record open or accept a deposition in lieu of oral testimony.