2017 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 25 - Engineers, Surveyors, and Architects
Part 3 - Architects
§ 12-25-308. Disciplinary actions - grounds for discipline

(1) The board may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of, place on probation, or limit the scope of practice of a licensee for the following:

(a) Fraud, misrepresentation, deceit, or material misstatement of fact in procuring or attempting to procure a license;

(b) Any act or omission that fails to meet the generally accepted standards of the practice of architecture, as evidenced by conduct that endangers life, health, property, or the public welfare;

(c) Conviction of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in Colorado concerning the practice of architecture or an equivalent crime outside Colorado. A certified copy of the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction of such conviction or plea shall be presumptive evidence of such conviction or plea in any hearing under this part 3. The board shall be governed by section 24-5-101, C.R.S., in considering such conviction or plea.

(d) Affixing a seal or allowing a seal to be affixed to any document of which the architect was neither the author nor in responsible control of preparation;

(e) Violation of, or aiding or abetting in the violation of, this part 3 or any rule promulgated by the board in conformance with this part 3 or any order of the board issued in conformance with this part 3;

(f) Use of false, deceptive, or misleading advertising;

(g) Performing services beyond one's competency, training, or education;

(h) Failure to render adequate professional control of persons practicing architecture under the responsible control of a licensed architect;

(i) Habitual or excessive use or abuse of alcohol, controlled substances, or any habit-forming drug;

(j) Any use of a schedule I controlled substance, as defined in section 18-18-203, C.R.S.;

(k) Violation of the notification requirements in section 12-25-312;

(l) Failure to pay a fine assessed under this part 3;

(m) Failure to report to the board any architect known to have violated any provision of this article or any board order or rule or regulation;

(n) Fraud or deceit in the practice of architecture;

(o) Repealed.

(p) Making or offering to make any gift (other than a gift of nominal value such as reasonable entertainment or hospitality), donation, payment, or other valuable consideration to influence a prospective or existing client or employer regarding the employment of the architect; except that nothing in this paragraph (p) shall restrict an employer's ability to reward an employee for work obtained or performed;

(q) Selling or fraudulently obtaining or furnishing a license or renewal of a license to practice architecture;

(r) Engaging in conduct that is intended or reasonably might be expected to mislead the public into believing that the person is an architect; or

(s) Engaging in the practice of an architect as a corporation or partnership or group of persons, unless such entity meets the requirements of section 12-25-304.

(2) (a) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the board, does not warrant formal action by the board but that should not be dismissed as being without merit, the board may issue and send a letter of admonition by first-class mail to the licensee at the licensee's last-known address.

(b) When the board sends a letter of admonition to a licensee, the board shall advise the licensee that he or she has the right to request in writing, within twenty days after receipt of the letter, that formal disciplinary proceedings be initiated to adjudicate the propriety of the conduct upon which the letter of admonition is based.

(c) If the request for adjudication is timely made, the letter of admonition shall be deemed vacated and the matter shall be processed by means of formal disciplinary proceedings.

(d) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of conduct that does not warrant formal action by the board and, in the opinion of the board, the complaint should be dismissed, but the board has noticed indications of possible errant conduct by the licensee that could lead to serious consequences if not corrected, a confidential letter of concern may be issued and sent to the licensee.

(3) Any disciplinary action in another state or jurisdiction on grounds substantially similar to those that would constitute a violation under this part 3 shall be prima facie evidence of grounds for disciplinary action, including denial of licensure, under this section.

(4) (a) In addition to the penalties provided for in subsection (2) of this section, any person violating any provision of this part 3 or any standards or rules promulgated pursuant to this part 3 may be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars and not more than five thousand dollars upon a finding of misconduct by the board, made pursuant to article 4 of title 24, C.R.S.

(b) All fines collected pursuant to this section shall be transferred to the state treasurer, who shall credit such moneys to the general fund.

(5) If, as a result of a proceeding held pursuant to article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., the board determines that a person licensed to practice architecture pursuant to this part 3 has acted in such a manner as to be subject to disciplinary action, the board may, in lieu of or in addition to other forms of disciplinary action that may be authorized by this section, require a licensee to take courses of training or education relating to his or her profession. The board shall determine the conditions that may be imposed on such licensee, including, but not limited to, the type and number of hours of training or education. All training or education courses are subject to approval by the board, and the licensee shall be required to furnish satisfactory proof of completion of any such training or education.

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