2015 ORS 348.594¹
Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615

This section is amended
Effective January 1, 2017
Relating to higher education; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 348.511, 348.582, 348.594, 348.597, 348.608, 350.075, 350.290 and 458.685.

As used in ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure):

(1)(a) "Diploma mill" means:

(A) A school against which a court or public body, as defined in ORS 174.109 ("Public body" defined), has issued a ruling or finding, after due process procedures, that the school has engaged in dishonest, fraudulent or deceptive practices related to the award of degrees, academic standards or student learning requirements; or

(B) An entity without legal authority as a school to issue degrees valid as credentials in the jurisdiction that authorizes issuance of degrees.

(b) "Diploma mill" does not include:

(A) A school operating legally under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615); or

(B) A school that is actively seeking and able to show evidence of reasonable progress toward regional accreditation with one of the regional post-secondary accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education.

(2) "School" means a person, organization, school or institution of learning that confers or offers to confer an academic degree upon a person or to provide academic credit applicable to a degree. [1997 c.652 §8; 1999 c.59 §93; 2005 c.546 §8; 2007 c.325 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 348—Student Aid; Education Stability Fund; Planning, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors348.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.