17:3141.6      Denial of license; hearing

 A. (1) If the commission or the commissioner of higher education recommends the denial of a license, the commissioner of higher education shall within five days thereafter so notify the applicant in writing.

 (2) Any applicant who is aggrieved by a denial of a license may within fourteen days after receipt of notice of such denial file with the executive secretary of the commission a request for a hearing before the commission at its next regular meeting. If such a hearing is requested, then the matter shall not be presented to the Board of Regents until a hearing is held by the commission. At said hearing, the applicant may appear in person or by counsel and may present evidence in support of the granting of the license. Any interested person may appear and present oral and documentary evidence to the commission concerning the issuance of a license to the applicant. Strict rules of evidence shall not apply.

 (3) The commission shall within seven days issue a statement giving reasons for its recommendation that a license be granted or denied.

 (4) Pending the final determination of the issuance or denial of the license a school in operation as of July 31, 1972, may continue to operate.

 B. If the Board of Regents receives a recommendation from the commission or the commissioner of higher education that a license be denied, then a hearing may be held at the time the Board of Regents considers the recommendation if the applicant notified the secretary of the Board of Regents, by registered mail prior to its meeting that he desires a public hearing. If the Board of Regents denies a license without a public hearing, then the applicant may at the next meeting of said board request such a hearing.

 C. No new license shall be issued to any school if any owner of the school has been, or is, an owner of a proprietary school at the time the school failed to make any student tuition refund according to tuition refund guidelines and provisions of state and federal law and regulations.

Added by Acts 1972, No. 311, § 1. Amended by Acts 1989, No. 798, § 1; Acts 1995, No. 1270, § 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 151, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999