AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW REGULATING PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS. Summarized in Daily Bulletin 2/1/11 and 2/23/11. Enacted March 31, 2011. Section 5 is effective March 31, 2011, and applies beginning with the 2011–12 academic year. The remainder is effective July 1, 2011.
Summary date: Apr 4 2011 - More information
Bill S 20 (2011-2012)Summary date: Feb 23 2011 - More information
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Amends GS 115D-87 by collapsing the varied definitions for schools covered under Article 8 (proprietary schools) of GS Chapter 115D into a single definition for proprietary school. Defines person to also include a director. Defines proprietary school to include nonprofit organizations and specifies eligible students and purposes of instruction.
Amends GS 115D-88 to clarify exemptions from the provisions of Article 8 for nonprofit schools (1) conducted by 501(c)(3) charities exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code where students are not charged tuition or (2) conducted by religious institutions. Removes from exempt status schools that are taught in homes or other locations to five or fewer students. Adds to the list of exemptions any institution that is exempt under GS 116-15(c), which are private institutions that have been providing post-secondary degree education since 1972. Makes a conforming change.
Amends GS 115D-91(b) to authorize the State Board of Community Colleges to set the duration of licenses. Clarifies that all of the specified criteria must be met for license renewal.
Makes conforming changes to GS 115D-89, 115D-90(a), 115D-96, and 115D-97. Amends the title to better reflect the content of the bill.
Effective July 1, 2011 (with the exception of Section 5, carried over from the 1st edition, which is effective when the act becomes law).
Bill S 20 (2011-2012)Summary date: Feb 1 2011 - More information
Amends GS 115D-90(b)(7) to require that the school bulletin that must be included with a proprietary school’s license application contain policies and regulations providing for at least a full refund if the student withdraws before the first day of class or the college cancels the class and a 75% refund if the student withdraws within the first 25% of the enrollment period that the student was charged for. Applies beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.