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Unaccredited Degree-Granting Institutions That Elect to Stop Pursuing Accreditation   

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(a) If an unaccredited institution that has a provisional approval to offer degree programs from the Bureau or an unaccredited degree-granting institution that has an approved accreditation plan pursuant to section 71105.5 elects to stop offering all degree programs, the institution must immediately notify the Bureau in writing of the institution's intent to stop offering degree programs and provide a degree program closure plan. The degree program closure plan shall include:

(1) The exact date the institution stopped enrolling new students in its degree programs, which cannot be more than five business days before or after the post-mark date of the notification to the Bureau.

(2) A list of contact information for all students currently enrolled in each degree program.

(3) A teach-out plan that includes a plan for the disposition of student records and is compliant with the provisions of section 94927 of the Code.

(4) A copy of the notification to be provided to students pursuant to subdivision (b) of this section.

(b) Within five business days of notifying the Bureau, the institution must notify, in writing, all currently enrolled students of the following:

(1) That the institution will no longer pursue accreditation and is immediately surrendering its provisional approval.

(2) A teach-out plan, which shall provide, at minimum, the following information:

(A) The name and location of the institution(s) that is (are) providing the teach-out.

(B) The last date of instruction for each educational service or program at the current institution and the date upon which instruction at the teach-out institution(s) will begin.

(C) Whom to contact at the teach-out institution(s).

(3) That the student has a right to choose not to participate in the teach-out, and instead seek a refund for any classes the student is currently enrolled in or has not yet completed.

(c) Any student may seek a refund from the institution rather than participate in a proposed teach-out program. A refund must be made within 45 days of such a request by a student.

(d) Failure of any institution to comply with the requirements of this section will be considered a violation and subject to action by the Bureau.

Authority cited:

Education Code 94877

Education Code 94885.1

Education Code 94885.5

Education Code 94933

Reference:

Education Code 94885

Education Code 94885.1

Education Code 94885.5

Education Code 94927

Education Code 94933

(Added by Register 2015, No. 31.)