4703.15 Disciplinary actions - fines.

(A) The architects board may by three concurring votes deny renewal of, revoke, or suspend any certificate of qualification to practice architecture, issued or renewed under sections 4703.10, 4703.13, and 4703.14 of the Revised Code, or any certificate of authorization, issued or renewed under sections 4703.13 and 4703.18 of the Revised Code, if proof satisfactory to the board is presented in any of the following cases:

(1) In case it is shown that the certificate was obtained by fraud;

(2) In case the holder of the certificate has been found guilty by the board or by a court of justice of any fraud or deceit in the holder's professional practice, or has been convicted of a felony by a court of justice;

(3) In case the holder has been found guilty by the board of gross negligence, incompetency, or misconduct in the performance of the holder's services as an architect or in the practice of architecture;

(4) In case the holder of the certificate has been found guilty by the board of signing plans for the construction of a building as a "registered architect" where the holder is not the actual architect of such building and where the holder is without prior written consent of the architect originating the design or other documents used in the plans;

(5) In case the holder of the certificate has been found guilty by the board of aiding and abetting another person or persons not properly registered as required by sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the Revised Code, in the performance of activities that in any manner or extent constitute the practice of architecture.

(B) In addition to disciplinary action the board may take against a certificate holder under division (A) of this section or section 4703.151 of the Revised Code, the board may impose a fine against a certificate holder who obtained a certificate by fraud or who is found guilty of any act specified in divisions (A)(2) to (A)(5) of this section or who violates any rule governing the standards of service, conduct, and practice adopted pursuant to section 4703.02 of the Revised Code. The fine imposed shall be not more than one thousand dollars for each offense but shall not exceed five thousand dollars regardless of the number of offenses the certificate holder has committed between the time the fine is imposed and the time any previous fine was imposed.

(C) If a person fails to request a hearing within thirty days after the date the board, in accordance with section 119.07 of the Revised Code, notifies the person of the board's intent to act against the person under division (A) of this section, the board by a majority vote of a quorum of the board members may take the action against a person without holding an adjudication hearing.

Cite as R.C. § 4703.15

History. Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 48, SB 68, §1, eff. 12/19/2013.

Effective Date: 06-13-1990; 09-29-2005; 2008 SB225 06-20-2008