Chapter 265-8 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Geology is a profession, and the privilege of professional practice requires responsibility, as well as professional knowledge, on the part of each practitioner. Each registered professional geologist shall be guided by the highest standards of business ethics, personal honor and professional conduct.
|(a)|| With high
regard for the geological profession and recognizing in the Code of
Professional Conduct a set of dynamic principles to guide his services to his
fellow men and to his profession, with full knowledge of the responsibility of
geologists to safeguard health, safety and public welfare, a registered
|(b)||It shall be the duty and professional responsibility of every registered geologist to uphold these standards of ethics and to encourage other geologists by example and counsel to adhere to this Code. A registered geologist found by the Board to be in violation of this Code of Professional Conduct shall be subject to loss of registration.|
Any person may refer charges of fraud, deceit, gross negligence, incompetence or misconduct against any registrant. Such charges shall be written and shall be filed with the Board at the Board office.
The Board shall initiate an investigation of any such complaint and shall hold a hearing on those complaints which it deems of sufficient merit.
|(1)|| The Board shall
have the power to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the Certificate of
Registration of any registrant who is found to have been involved in:
|(2)||Any such action by the Board in this regard shall be after a hearing is held in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Rules of the Joint Secretary of the State Examining Boards as adopted and amended in Chapter 295 of the Official Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia which are hereby incorporated herein and by reference made a part hereof.|
Any person who shall publicly practice, or offer to publicly practice geology for others in this State without being registered in accordance with the provisions of the Act, or any person presenting or attempting to use as his own the Certificate of Registration or the seal of another, or any person who shall give any false or forged evidence of any kind to the Board or to any member thereof in obtaining a Certificate of Registration, or any person who shall falsely impersonate any other registrant of like or different name, or any person who shall attempt to use an expired or revoked Certificate of Registration or practice at any time during a period the Board has suspended or revoked the Certificate of Registration shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.