Misrepresentation

Shawnee State University is prohibited, by federal law, from making false, erroneous, or misleading statements, directly or indirectly, to a student, prospective student, member of the public, accrediting agency, state agency, or to the U.S. Department of Education. Misleading statements are those that have the likelihood or a tendency to deceive or confuse the person to whom they are made. A statement is any communication whether it is made in writing, visually, orally, or through any other means of communication. Substantial misrepresentation is misrepresentation on which a person could reasonably be expected to rely, or has reasonably relied, to that person’s detriment.

Statements subject to this policy specifically include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature of the education programs offered through the university;
  • The nature of financial charges, tuition, fees, and other costs;
  • The employability of graduates of the university; and
  • The relationship of the university with the U.S. Department of Education.

A Title IV eligible school may not describe its participation in a way that suggests approval or endorsement by the Department of Education of the quality of its educational programs. Student testimonials that are made under duress or as a requirement to participate in a program are considered to be in violation of this policy or federal law.

Directors of operational units are responsible for the training of personnel regarding misrepresentation of information about the university or its programs or services.

The university considers violations of this policy as serious offenses and will take corrective action appropriate to the nature and extent of the violation to ensure that violations are not repeated.

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