IOHS is prohibited, by federal law, from making false, erroneous, or misleading statements, directly or indirectly, to a student, prospective student, member of the public, accrediting agency, state agency, or to the U.S. Department of Education. Misleading statements are those that have the likelihood or a tendency to deceive or confuse the person to whom they are made. A statement is any communication whether it is made in writing, visually, orally, or through any other means of communication. Substantial misrepresentation is misrepresentation on which a person could reasonably be expected to rely, or has reasonably relied, to that person’s detriment.
Statements subject to this policy specifically include, but are not limited to: a) The nature of the education programs offered through the school; b) The nature of financial charges, tuition, fees, and other costs; c) The employability of graduates of the school ; and d) The relationship of the school with the U.S. 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. Student testimonials are considered to have been made under duress or as a requirement to participate in a program are considered to be in violation of this policy and federal law.
To enable school-wide compliance with this policy, each department is encouraged to work with the marketing department in the creation of all materials. Each department must maintain archival copies, preferably in electronic form, of all promotional materials, including quotes and statements made by college personnel. Directors of operational units are responsible for the training of personnel regarding misrepresentation of information about the school or its programs or services.
The school considers violations of this policy as serious offenses and will take disciplinary action appropriate to the nature and extent of the violation to ensure that violations are not repeated.