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S.F. No. 1982 - Modifying Treatment of Private Institutions with Fraud and Misrepresentation Adjudications
Author: Senator Michelle L. Fischbach
Prepared By: Priyanka Premo, Senate Counsel (651/296-3914)
Date: March 13, 2017


Current law prohibits the Office of Higher Education (OHE) from providing registration, degree approval, or name approval to a private, degree-granting postsecondary institution if there is a criminal, civil, or administrative adjudication of fraud or misrepresentation against the school.

S.F. 1982 removes this prohibition and instead gives OHE the discretion to revoke or deny an application for registration, degree approval, or name approval if the school received an adjudication of fraud or misrepresentation. The bill also permits the commissioner to revoke degree approval for an academic program rather than the school if the adjudication of fraud or misrepresentation was related to an academic program.

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