§446E-5  Prohibited practices.  (a)  No unaccredited institution shall indicate or suggest that the State licenses, approves, or regulates its operations.  Acceptance by the director of any documents from an unaccredited institution shall not be construed as evidence that the director has determined the adequacy of any filing.

     (b)  Any institution that is not accredited by the American Bar Association shall not issue a juris doctor degree (J.D.), a master of laws degree (LL.M.), or any equivalent or comparable degree.

     (c)  Any institution that is not accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education shall not issue a doctor of medicine degree (M.D.), or any equivalent or comparable degree.

     (d)  No unaccredited institution shall issue degrees unless the institution has an office located in Hawaii, at least one employee who resides in Hawaii, and at least twenty-five enrolled students in Hawaii, in each academic year of its operation for the purpose of performing course requirements that are part of the students' educational curriculum.

     (e)  No unaccredited institution that operates in or from the State or has a presence in this State shall accept or receive any tuition payment or other fee from or on behalf of a student unless the institution complies with all of the requirements of this chapter.

     (f)  No unaccredited institution shall disclose in any catalog, promotional material or written contract for instruction that it has applied for future accreditation. [L 1990, c 226, pt of §1; am L 1999, c 171, §6]


Case Notes


  Subsection (f) is not an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.  486 F. Supp. 2d 1132 (2006).