2017 ORS 348.597¹
Applicability of ORS 348.594 to 348.615

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) apply to all schools that operate in this state.

(2) ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) do not apply to:

(a) A school, or a separately accredited campus of a school, if the school:

(A) Is a nonprofit school that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(B) Conferred degrees in this state under the same control for at least 10 consecutive years; and

(C) Is accredited by a regional accrediting association or its national successor;

(b) A school that, on July 14, 2005, was a school that 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; or

(c) A school that is exempt from ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) under ORS 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615).

(3) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall issue a separate license to issue degrees to each school that meets the requirements for exemption from evaluation by the office set forth in subsection (2)(a) of this section. The license shall remain in effect if the school continues to meet the requirements of subsection (2)(a) of this section. [2005 c.546 §1; 2007 c.325 §4; 2009 c.172 §1; 2011 c.353 §1; 2011 c.637 §178; 2016 c.30 §3]

Note: Section 10, chapter 30, Oregon Laws 2016, provides:

Sec. 10. The requirement set forth in ORS 348.597 (Applicability of ORS 348.594 to 348.615) (2)(a)(B), as amended by section 3 of this 2016 Act, applies only to determinations as to whether ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) apply to a school that are made on or after the effective date of this 2016 Act [January 1, 2017]. If ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) do not apply to a school on the effective date of this 2016 Act, ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) continue to not apply to the school even if the school has not conferred degrees in this state under the same control for at least 10 consecutive years. [2016 c.30 §10]

Note: 348.597 (Applicability of ORS 348.594 to 348.615), 348.604 (Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615), 348.605 (Restrictions and duties of exempted schools), 348.607 (Fee for exemption application) and 348.608 (Certification by exempt school) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 348 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 348—Student Aid; Education Stability Fund; Planning, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors348.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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.