The following severity levels and sanction guides are based
on the relevant factors in council rules, 22 Texas Administrative
Code, §884.20 (relating to Disciplinary Guidelines and General
Schedule of Sanctions).
(1) Level One--Revocation of license with a possible
administrative penalty from $500 to $5,000. These violations evidence
intentional or gross misconduct on the part of the licensee or cause
or pose a high degree of harm to the public or may require severe
punishment as a deterrent to the licensee, or other licensees.
(2) Level Two--Extended suspension of license with
a possible administrative penalty from $250 to $2,500. These violations
involve less misconduct, harm, or need for deterrence than Level One
violations, but may require termination of licensure for a period
of not less than one year.
(3) Level Three--Moderate suspension of license with
a possible administrative penalty of no more than $250. These violations
are less serious than Level Two violations, but may require termination
of licensure for a period of time that is less than a year.
(4) Level Four--Probated suspension of licensure. These
violations do not involve enough harm, misconduct, or need for deterrence
to warrant termination of licensure, yet are severe enough to warrant
monitoring of the licensee to ensure future compliance. Probationary
terms may be ordered as appropriate.
(5) Level Five--Reprimand. These violations involve
inadvertent or relatively minor misconduct or rule violations not
directly involving the health, safety and welfare of the public.
(6) An administrative penalty may be assessed for any
violation, in lieu of, or in addition to, other disciplinary actions.