Any agent's permit issued may be suspended or revoked by the state board of career colleges and schools if the holder of the permit solicits or enrolls students through fraud, deception, or misrepresentation, upon a finding that the permit holder has violated any provision enumerated in division (A), (B), (F), (H), (J), (K), or (M) of section 3332.09 of the Revised Code, or upon finding that the permit holder is not of good moral character. Upon receipt of any written complaint from any person, the board shall conduct a preliminary investigation. If after such investigation or if as a result of any investigation conducted under division (A) or (D) of section 3332.091 of the Revised Code, the board determines it is probable violations were committed, the board shall hold informal conferences in the same manner as provided in section 3332.091 of the Revised Code with an agent believed to be in violation of one or more of the above conditions. If after sixty days these conferences fail to eliminate the agent's objectionable practices or procedures, the board shall issue a formal complaint to the agent and the school that employs the agent. The formal complaint shall state the charges against the agent and the holder of the certificate of registration of the school and shall require them to appear before the board at a public hearing pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. If, after the public hearing, the board determines that an agent has violated one or more of the provisions described above, the board shall suspend or revoke the agent's permit. If after such hearing the board also determines that the school at which the agent was employed was negligent in its supervision of the agent or encouraged or caused the commission of the violations, the board shall levy penalties against such school in accordance with division (A) of section 3332.091 of the Revised Code. Nothing said or done in the informal conferences shall be disclosed by the board or any member of its staff nor be used as evidence in any subsequent proceedings.
Effective Date: 2002 SB266 04-03-2003