Misrepresentation Policy

ArtCenter College of Design is prohibited under federal regulations from making any false, erroneous, or misleading statement directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student, member of the public, accrediting agency, state agency or to the Department of Education. Misleading statements includes any statement that has the likelihood or tendency to deceive or confuse. A statement is any communication made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. This includes student testimonials given under duress or because such testimonial was required to participate in a program.

Federal regulations further provide that substantial misrepresentation is any misrepresentation on which the person to whom it was made could reasonably be expected to rely, or has reasonably relied, to that person’s detriment.

The regulations regarding misrepresentation describe misrepresentation with respect to:

  • Nature of the education program
  • Nature of financial charges
  • Employability of graduates
  • Relationship with the 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.

Any violation of this directive will be taken seriously and the College will ensure that it is not repeated.

ArtCenter reserves the right to modify existing policies or implement new policies when deemed necessary. These policies pertain to prospective students. Current students should consult the Student Handbook with Addendum or contact the Center for the Student Experience for a full listing of College policies.