ND Seal ND Board of Social Work Examiners

Report a Violation

Protection of the public is enhanced by the reporting of incidents which may be in violation of ND law or administrative code or grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.  The Board requires all reporting of violations to be written and signed using the NDBSWE Complaint form.

Confidentiality: It is important to remember that by filing a complaint, the complaint becomes subject to State open records laws.  Discussion about the complaint occurs at meetings of the Board.  Board meetings and minutes of the Board meetings are open to the public.  The Board may examine and copy records, including patient records, examine witnesses, obtain expert opinions, and take any other action necessary to investigate the complaint.  Patient, client, and minor child information and records disclosed to the Board remain confidential.  The Board is required to discuss such confidential information in an executive session.

Complaint Process

  • A written and signed complaint is received by the Board. 
  • The licensee against whom the complaint is made will receive a copy of the complaint and be allowed to respond to the allegations in writing. 
  • The Board will consider the complaint and the licensee’s response at the next scheduled quarterly Board meeting after the licensee’s response is received.
  • All correspondence between the Board and both the complainant and licensee will be conducted in writing. 
  • Once the Board makes a decision to either dismiss the complaint or initiate disciplinary action, both parties will be notified in writing by the Board’s legal counsel.
  • Disciplinary action process begins.

Types of Disciplinary Action

There is a wide range of disciplinary actions that may be taken, ranging from a letter of reprimand to the most severe action of revocation of license.

  • Letter of reprimand;
  • Continuing education requirement;
  • Probation;
  • Suspension;
  • Revocation.

NDBSWE Complaint Form