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Fair Practice Standards, Contracts, and Confidentiality

1. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida shall have the following published in its catalog and/or website and made available to each student prior to enrollment:

(a) Purpose and mission statement, its educational programs and curricula;

(b) Nondiscrimination policy stating that it accepts single male and female students or married male with female students without respect to age, color, race, or national origin;

(c) The "institution's" transferability of credits policy affirms that (1) it only accepts "institution" course credits that meet the criteria in s.1005.06(1)(f), F.S.; (2) it makes no guarantee of transferability of its credits; and (3) it encourages potential and enrolled students to review future transfer opportunities;

(d) Written refund policy stating that an enrolled student may receive a full refund of paid tuition only if the student notifies the institution within 10 business days, or less, after the date upon which the first payment receipt is issued by the institution;

(e) All other fees and charges must be listed separately in nonrefundable section;

(f) Clear statements about financial assistance and obligations for repayment (if any);

(g) Employment assistance that refrains from promising or implying employment guarantees (if any);

(h) Procedures for handling student complaints, disciplinary actions, and appeals (if any);

(i) And ensure that all advertisements are accurate and not misleading.

2. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida shall include a disclaimer on its publications and Internet website if the institution is accredited by an agency that is not recognized by the United States Department of Education.

3. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida will not use an accrediting agency not recognized by the United States Department of Education unless the agency publishes a disclaimer on its web site, documents, and promotion material that it is not recognized by the United States Department of Education.

4. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida that issues any license will include a disclaimer stating that the license is an ecclesiastical license and not a state-issued or government-issued license.

5. Non-degree certificates that are non-transferable to degree programs issued by faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university, seminary, ecclesiastical organization or business entities domiciled in or operating in Florida are exempt from the provisions of any Florida statutes pertaining to degree granting institutions.

6. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida will observe applicable Florida statutes.

7. Any individual, institute, college, university, seminary, ecclesiastical organization or business entity domiciled in or operating in Florida that offers sales and marketing of franchises, branches, degrees, honorary degrees, licenses, or certified certificates for individuals, institutes, colleges, universities, seminaries, or ecclesiastical organizations will comply with regulations under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

8. A faith-based post secondary education degree granting institute, college, university or seminary domiciled in or operating in Florida shall provide documentation demonstrating compliance when requested by the FCPC.

FCPC Contracts and FCPC Confidentiality Disclosure Policy

FCPC Contracts

Contracts between the FCPC and its member institutions under Right to Contract Laws shall be effective until terminated. Termination must be accomplished by either party submitting a notice in writing via certified mail or proof of delivery method with a signed receipt confirming termination. Termination of contract with the FCPC by any institution shall not affect the contracts with the FCPC to represent other institutions. For an institution to reinstate contract following termination thereof will require a new contract to be filed with and accepted by the FCPC.

FCPC Confidentiality Disclosure Policy

1.     FCPC staff and their attorneys will be sharing their attorney’s legal strategies and mental impressions with our clients, FCPC members and interested parties. United States law and individual state laws as they relate to attorney-client privilege and/or work product privilege provides for confidentiality of all these matters by any party they are shared with, as well as, excluding any individual or organization from attending or being a party to this information.

2.     FCPC member institutions, their staff, or supporters and friends agree to keep all these legal strategies and mental impressions confidential unless they are granted permission in writing via certified mail or proof of delivery method with a signed receipt by the FCPC or their attorney, Frederick H. Nelson, Esq.

3.     FCPC member institutions, their staff, or supporters and friends will only share information about the FCPC that is available to the public on the FCPC web site, www.fcpc-edu.org.

4.     All other information and correspondence disseminated by the FCPC or their attorney in correspondence, electronically, or verbally is covered by this Confidentiality Disclosure Policy and cannot be disclosed without getting specific permission.

Join FCPC

The Florida Council of Private Colleges welcomes institutions to consider the benefits of membership.  The purpose of the FCPC is to serve private, degree granting, faith based institutions that provide quality faith based education.