2011 ORS § 348.605¹
Restrictions and duties of exempted schools

(1) A school that obtains an exemption under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615) or that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and that offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations may not:

(a) Award more than 25 percent of the credit toward a degree for noninstructional activities, such as challenge examinations and professional or life experiences;

(b) Represent that the school is:

(A) Approved by the State of Oregon; or

(B) Accredited by an organization unless the organization is recognized as an accreditor by the United States Department of Education; or

(c) Pay a faculty member a commission or otherwise base a faculty members compensation on the faculty members recruitment of students to the school.

(2) A school that obtains an exemption under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615) or that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and that offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations shall:

(a) Preserve official transcripts for all faculty members and students;

(b) Notify the Higher Education Coordinating Commission if a faculty member or administrator at the school has:

(A) Been convicted of a felony; or

(B) Violated a state or federal law related to the operation of a school;

(c) Place in any course catalog that is available to students or to the public a notice that states: (Name of school) has been granted exempt status by the State of Oregon to offer theological and/or religious occupations degrees.;

(d) If the school closes, return to students tuition payments for the current term on a prorated basis;

(e) If the school provides placement services to a student, describe the placement services clearly and accurately to the student and avoid giving unrealistic expectations of placement to the student; and

(f) If an administrator claims to possess an academic degree:

(A) Ensure that the administrator possesses the academic degree that the administrator claims to possess; and

(B) Require that the degree is from a school that, at the time of the conferral of the degree, was accredited by a federally recognized accrediting organization, held an exemption under this section, or was a school that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations. [2005 c.546 §3; 2011 c.353 §3; 2011 c.637 §182]

Note: The amendments to 348.605 (Restrictions and duties of exempted schools) by section 182, chapter 637, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2012. See section 292, chapter 637, Oregon Laws 2011. The text that is operative until July 1, 2012, including amendments by section 3, chapter 353, Oregon Laws 2011, is set forth for the users convenience.

348.605 (Restrictions and duties of exempted schools). (1) A school that obtains an exemption under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615) or that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and that offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations may not:

(a) Award more than 25 percent of the credit toward a degree for noninstructional activities, such as challenge examinations and professional or life experiences;

(b) Represent that the school is:

(A) Approved by the State of Oregon; or

(B) Accredited by an organization unless the organization is recognized as an accreditor by the United States Department of Education; or

(c) Pay a faculty member a commission or otherwise base a faculty members compensation on the faculty members recruitment of students to the school.

(2) A school that obtains an exemption under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615) or that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and that offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations shall:

(a) Preserve official transcripts for all faculty members and students;

(b) Notify the Office of Degree Authorization if a faculty member or administrator at the school has:

(A) Been convicted of a felony; or

(B) Violated a state or federal law related to the operation of a school;

(c) Place in any course catalog that is available to students or to the public a notice that states: (Name of school) has been granted exempt status by the State of Oregon to offer theological and/or religious occupations degrees.;

(d) If the school closes, return to students tuition payments for the current term on a prorated basis;

(e) If the school provides placement services to a student, describe the placement services clearly and accurately to the student and avoid giving unrealistic expectations of placement to the student; and

(f) If an administrator claims to possess an academic degree:

(A) Ensure that the administrator possesses the academic degree that the administrator claims to possess; and

(B) Require that the degree is from a school that, at the time of the conferral of the degree, was accredited by a federally recognized accrediting organization, held an exemption under this section, or was a school that, on July 14, 2005, met the criteria and followed procedures to obtain a religious exemption adopted by rule by the Oregon Student Access Commission and offered only degrees with approved titles in theology or religious occupations.

Note: See note under 348.597 (Applicability of ORS 348.594 to 348.615).