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Statement of Misrepresentation

As an honors university, UMBC is committed to fostering a community of the highest integrity. Further, UMBC is prohibited under federal regulations (CFR title 34 sections 668.71-74) from making any false, erroneous, or misleading statement directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student, member of the public, accrediting agency, state agency, or the U.S. Department of Education.

Definition

Misrepresentation is defined as any false, erroneous or misleading statement an eligible institution, one of its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the eligible institution has an agreement to provide educational programs, or to provide marketing, advertising, recruiting or admissions services makes directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student or any member of the public, or to an accrediting agency, to a State agency, or to the Secretary. A misleading statement includes any statement that has the likelihood or tendency to deceive or confuse. A statement is any communication made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. Misrepresentation includes the dissemination of a student endorsement or testimonial that a student gives either under duress or because the institution required the student to make such an endorsement or testimonial to participate in a program.

Scope

The federal regulatory provisions prohibit misrepresentation by the school itself, one of its representatives, or other related parties, with respect to: a) The nature of the education programs offered through the university; b) The nature of financial charges, tuition, fees, and other costs; c) The employability of graduates of the university; and d) The relationship of the university with the U.S. Department of Education.

Commitment

UMBC is committed to providing accurate and honest information regarding its programs and services. The university will make every effort to avoid misrepresentation of information to students and others and takes acts and claims of misrepresentation seriously. Concerns regarding misrepresentation of information should be directed to Dr. Yvette Mozie-Ross, Vice Provost of Enrollment Management and Planning in the Office of Enrollment Management, via email at mozie@umbc.edu, or via phone at 410-455-3799.