Reporting Alleged Violations Against RBTs

Before submitting a Notice of Alleged Violation against an RBT, review the information in the Considerations for Reporting an Alleged Violation and the RBT Ethics Code (2.0). RBTs have different ethics requirements and a separate online reporting form. Additionally, because RBTs have a limited area of practice and must be closely supervised, there are unique considerations to be made before filing an alleged violation against an RBT.

Because RBTs receive frequent and direct supervision, all alleged violations should be brought to the RBT's Requirements Coordinator and/or RBT Supervisor. The Requirements Coordinator and/or RBT Supervisor must take steps to investigate and document the alleged violation. If the Requirements Coordinator and/or RBT Supervisor determines that a violation did occur, they should determine if the matter should be addressed internally or by submitting a Notice of Alleged Violation to the BACB.

The BACB recognizes that an RBT leaving a job without adequate notice is unprofessional and may, in some circumstances, be a violation of their employment contract. The BACB, however, does not interpret or enforce RBT employment contracts. Similarly, continuity of services is the responsibility of the behavior analyst and the provider organization, not the RBT. Thus, an RBT leaving a job with little, or no notice typically would not, in and of itself, constitute an ethics violation. Do not submit a Notice of Alleged Violation for an RBT’s untimely departure from employment unless there is corollary evidence of an Ethics Code Violation that is not solely based on the untimely departure.

Submit a Notice of Alleged Violation against the RBT if the alleged violation:

  • involves abuse or neglect of a client
  • resulted in the RBT being charged with, or convicted of, a violation of the law
  • is a violation of 1.03, 1.05, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04, or 3.05 obligations to the BACB outlined in the RBT Ethics Code (2.0) or
  • has occurred repeatedly despite reasonable attempts to address the problem with the RBT

If none of the above situations apply, the Requirements Coordinator and/or RBT Supervisor should develop and implement an individualized corrective action plan for the RBT and document the outcome. The BACB reserves the right to audit the Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor for documentation of the complaint, investigation, and resolution.

Note: The BACB reserves the right to generate a Notice of Alleged Violation against an RBT if they are suspected of noncompliance with any BACB standard, rule, ethics requirement, or procedure.


The BACB cannot provide legal or ethics advice under any circumstances. There are a number of resources available for anyone seeking guidance related to ethics in the Ethics Resources section. U.S. residents of states that regulate the practice of behavior analysis may contact their state disciplinary boards. For more information about regulation in the U.S., the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts has a resource page on licensure and regulation. Whenever possible, we encourage, but do not require you to consult with a behavior analyst who specializes in the matter before filing a Notice of Alleged Violation. For legal advice, please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. For additional guidance on ethics-related matters, please see the Ethics Codes section.