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ORS 348.604
Exemption from ORS 348.594 to 348.615

Upon application from a school, as defined in ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615), the Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall grant an exemption from ORS 348.594 (Definitions for ORS 348.594 to 348.615) to 348.615 (Appeal procedure) to the school if the school:


Is, or is operated by, a nonprofit corporation;


Offers only associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees with titles in theology or religious occupations, or, if the school also offers doctoral degrees, offers doctoral degrees in theology or religious occupations that have been approved by a federally recognized accrediting organization;


Teaches students with faculty members who:


Hold degrees:


From a school that, at the time of the conferral of the degrees, was accredited by a federally recognized accrediting organization, held an exemption under this section, or was a school that, on July 14, 2005, 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;


That are at least one level above the degree level of the program in which the faculty members teach or that are the terminal degrees in the field in which the faculty members teach; and


That are not honorary degrees; or


Possess sufficient compensatory qualifications to substitute for academic degrees in the fields in which the faculty members teach;


Offers a curriculum:


Of a duration and level that is comparable to the curriculums offered by schools that are not exempt under this section; and


That, with higher degrees, increases the difficulty of the work expected of students;


Requires students to complete academic assignments and to demonstrate learning appropriate to the curriculum;


Awards credit toward degrees proportionate to the work done by students;


Offers admission:


To a student:


With a high school diploma or an equivalent credential; or


Who completed the equivalent of a high school education through home study; and


Based on evidence that the student can reasonably expect to complete a degree and benefit from the education offered;


Provides or arranges for faculty members and students to have access to information that supports instruction and stimulates research or independent study in all areas of the curriculum;


Provides accurate and appropriate credit transcripts to students of the school and accurate and appropriate diplomas to graduates of the school;


Charges tuition by the credit hour or other fixed rate for instruction during an academic term and does not charge tuition or fees for the award of a degree or charge a single fee for an entire degree program;


Provides the oversight required by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission over a faculty member or administrator who has:


Been convicted of a felony; or


Violated a state or federal law related to the operation of a school;


Provides facilities that permit private communication between faculty members and students;


Provides a number of faculty members that is adequate for the number of students enrolled;


Provides clear and accurate information to students about the school’s expectations of students in the school’s courses;


Ensures that a student who is pursuing a degree is making continuous progress toward the degree;


Before a student enrolls in the school, informs the student that a school to which the student might transfer retains the discretion whether to accept the transfer of credits earned at the school;


Provides official transcripts of faculty members to the commission; and


Pays the fee imposed by ORS 348.607 (Fee for exemption application). [2005 c.546 §2; 2011 c.353 §2; 2011 c.637 §181; 2013 c.747 §180]
Note: See second note under 348.597 (Applicability of ORS 348.594 to 348.615).


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