(a) The proposed report of the hearing officer shall be accepted by the commission unless:
(1) the educator or the department files exceptions in accordance with 1 Pa. Code §§ 35.211 (relating to procedure to except to proposed report) and 35.212 (relating to content and form of briefs on exceptions) within 30 days of the date the proposed report was mailed;
(2) within 60 days of the date the proposed report was mailed, the commission initiates a review of the proposed report in the absence of exceptions; or
(3) within 60 days of the date the proposed report was mailed, the commission reopens the proceeding for the reception of further evidence in accordance with 1 Pa. Code § 35.233 (relating to reopening by agency action).
(b) After consideration of exceptions to the hearing officer's proposed report or further evidence or its review under this section, the commission shall accept, modify or reject the hearing officer's proposed report.