Title 26: Professions and Occupations
Chapter 23: MEDICINE
26 V.S.A. § 1360. Hearing before board
§ 1360. Hearing before board
(a) If the board deems it necessary, the board may, after further notice to the person complained against, take testimony at a hearing before the board, conducted as provided for hearings before the hearing committee. In any event, whether the board makes its determination on the findings of the hearing committee, on the findings of the committee as supplemented by a second hearing before the board or on its own findings, the board shall determine the charge or charges upon the merits on the basis of the evidence in the record before it. Five members of the board, including at least one public member, shall constitute a quorum for purposes of this section.
(b) Members of the committee designated under section 1355 of this title to investigate the complaint shall not sit with the board when it conducts hearings under this section.
(c) In any proceeding under this section which addresses an applicant's or licensee's alleged sexual misconduct, evidence of the sexual history of the victim of the alleged sexual misconduct shall neither be subject to discovery nor be admitted into evidence. Neither opinion evidence of nor evidence of the reputation of the victim's sexual conduct shall be admitted. At the request of the victim, the hearing committee may close portions of hearings to the public if the board deems it appropriate to close portions of the hearing in order to protect the identity of the victim and the confidentiality of his or her medical records.
(d) The board may close portions of hearings to the public if the board deems it appropriate in order to protect the confidentiality of an individual or for medical and other protected health information pertaining to any identifiable person that is otherwise confidential by state or federal law. (Added 1975, No. 249 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 1989, No. 102, § 3; 1991, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 33; 2011, No. 61, § 2, eff. June 2, 2011.)