17:3141.8       Revocation of license; causes; appeal; injunction; subpoena power

 A. The Board of Regents, after recommendation by the state commissioner of higher education or the commission, shall have the authority to suspend, revoke, or cancel any license issued by it or to place certain specified conditions upon the continued operation thereunder.

 B. A school with a suspended license may continue to teach those students currently enrolled in a course, but shall not enroll any new students. The suspension shall remain in effect until the deficiency causing the suspension has been removed. The commission shall report to the Board of Regents the name of any school whose license has been suspended.

 C. The Board of Regents shall notify the holder of the license of its decision to suspend, revoke, or cancel the license. At any time within thirty days prior to the revocation or conditioning of a license, the Board of Regents, upon request of the holder of the license, shall afford the holder an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. Strict rules of evidence shall not apply.

 D. Within thirty days prior to the date set for a hearing on such revocation or restriction, the Board of Regents shall notify in writing the holder of such license of the date and purpose of the hearing and assign therein the grounds for the action contemplated to be taken. Upon the favorable vote by at least two-thirds of the authorized membership of the board, the Board of Regents may revoke, cancel, suspend, or restrict licensure for any of the following reasons:

 (1) The signing of an application or the holding of a permit by a person who has pleaded guilty to a felony or has been found guilty of a felony.

 (2) Failure to comply with a commitment made in an application for a license.

 (3) Failure to maintain the minimum standard set forth in R.S. 17:3141.5(A).

 (4) Failure to maintain sufficient financial resources as evidenced by an audited balance sheet or letter of credit reflecting solvency.

 (5) Acceptance or use by the owner of any school of the services of a solicitor who does not hold a permit required by this Chapter.

 (6) The failure of the license holder to comply with the provisions of this Chapter or any written rule or regulation of the commission.

 (7) The use by an employee, solicitor or representative of the school, with the knowledge of the owner, of fraud or misrepresentation in procuring the enrollment of a student, or if any such incident is called to the attention of the owner failure by the owner to take remedial steps, including restitution of fees collected and expenses incurred by the prospective student.

 (8) Failure on the part of the school to comply with each and every contract and agreement made and entered into by it or by its representative with any student.

 (9) The use by the school or any representative thereof of deceptive or fraudulent advertising in any form.

 (10) The violation by the owner of a school of the provisions of R.S. 17:3141.14.

 (11) The filing of false information with the commission, the commissioner of higher education, or the Board of Regents by an owner of a school or by any holder of a license or a permit.

 (12) The failure of the owner of the school to notify the commission in writing of the withdrawal of accreditation or approval, as required in R.S. 17:3141.4(D)

 (13) Failure to provide facilities or equipment for offering courses of instruction in a safe and sanitary condition.

 E. After a hearing before the commission, a recommendation shall be made to the board for a final decision on the revocation of the license.

 F. Any final decision or determination of the Board of Regents may be appealed to the district court in accordance with the procedure provided for in R.S. 17:3141.7.

Added by Acts 1972, No. 311, §1. Amended by Acts 1989, No. 798, §1; Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 151, §1, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 2000, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 63, §1, eff. April 17, 2000.