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(105 ILCS 426/55)
Maintenance of approval.
Institutions covered under this Act must meet the following requirements to receive and maintain approval:
(1) Provide a surety bond. A continuous surety
company bond, written by a company authorized to do business in this State, for the protection of contractual rights, including faithful performance of all contracts and agreements for students and their parents, guardians, or sponsors. The Board shall establish the bond amount by rule. The amount of the bond must be sufficient to provide for the repayment of full tuition to all students enrolled at the institution in the event of closure of the institution. Evidence of the continuation of the bond must be filed annually with the Board. The surety bond must be a written agreement that provides for monetary compensation in the event that the school fails to fulfill its obligations to its students and their parents, guardians, or sponsors. The surety bonding company shall guarantee the return to students and their parents, guardians, or sponsors of all prepaid, unearned tuition in the event of school closure. A condition of the bond shall be that the bond agent shall notify the Board in the event the bond is no longer in effect.
(2) Provide to the Board and each student the
school's policy for addressing student complaints. Included in this process, the school must provide in its promotional materials and on its Internet website the Board's address and Internet website for reporting complaints.
(3) Provide on the institution's Internet website
and in promotional materials and enrollment agreements the Internet website, address, and phone number of the Board for students to report complaints.
(4) Provide evidence of liability insurance, in such
form and amount as the Board shall from time to time prescribe pursuant to rules adopted under this Act, to protect students and employees at the school's places of business and at all classroom extensions, including any work-experience locations.
(5) Provide data as requested by the Board to
support the satisfaction of the requirements of this Act or to provide vocational and technical educational data for the longitudinal data system created under the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act.
(6) Pay required fees as described under the
provisions of Section 75 of this Act by prescribed deadlines.
(7) With respect to advertising programs of study,
all of the following apply:
(A) A school may state that it is approved to
offer a program of study or authorized to award a certificate in this State only after that approval has been officially granted and received in writing from the Board.
(B) A school shall not advertise or state in any
manner that it is accredited by the Board to award degrees or certificates.
(C) No school may publish or otherwise
communicate to prospective students, faculty, staff, or the public misleading or erroneous information about the certificate or degree-granting status of a given institution.
(D) All advertisements or solicitations by
approved schools shall only reference the Board's approval by stating that the school is approved by the "Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools".
(E) All advertisements or solicitations by
approved schools shall contain the school's official Internet website address.
(8) Permit the Board's Executive Director or his or
her designees to inspect the school or classes thereof from time to time with or without notice and to make available to the Board's Executive Director or his or her designees, at any time when required to do so, information, including financial information, pertaining to the operation and the activities of the school required for the administration of this Act and the standards and rules adopted under this Act.
(9) Maintain satisfactory student retention and
graduation rates and State licensing examination or professional certification examination passage rates. Student retention and graduation rates must be maintained that are appropriate to standards in the field. A State licensing examination or professional certification examination passage rate of at least 50% of the average passage rate for schools within the industry for any State licensing examination or professional certification examination must be maintained. In the event that the school fails to do so, then that school shall be placed on probation for one year. If that school's passage rate in its next reporting period does not exceed 50% of the average passage rate of that class of school as a whole, then the Board shall revoke the school's approval for that program to operate in this State. In addition, this shall be grounds for reviewing the institution's approval to operate. The Board shall develop, by rule, a procedure to ensure the veracity of the information required under this Section.
(10) Not enter into an enrollment agreement wherein
the student waives the right to assert against the school or any assignee any claim or defense he or she may have against the school arising under the agreement. Any provisions in an enrollment agreement wherein the student agrees to such a waiver shall be rendered void.
(11) Not have a tuition policy or enrollment
agreement that requires that a student register for more than a single semester, quarter, term, or other such period of enrollment as a condition of the enrollment nor charge a student for multiple periods of enrollment prior to completion of a single semester, quarter, term, or other such period of enrollment.
(12) Provide the Board with a copy of any notice of
warning or suspension or revocation received from an accrediting agency or State or federal oversight body within 15 days after receipt of the notice. The school shall, at the same time, inform the Board, in writing, on actions being taken to correct all deficiencies cited.
(13) Maintain a fair and equitable refund policy and
abide by it. Such a policy shall abide by any State or federal rules as appropriate. The same policy shall apply to all students equally.
(14) Act in an ethical manner.
(Source: P.A. 102-1046, eff. 6-7-22.)