MINNEAPOLIS - A Hennepin County judge has ruled that the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University misled students into believing the school's programs prepared them to be police officers.
The ruling concludes both for-profit schools violated Consumer Fraud Act and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the schools in 2014, claiming the schools signed up students who said they wanted to become police officers, even though the degree offered wasn't recognized by the state of Minnesota.
The ruling read in part:
"Yet, Defendants targeted their criminal justice program to students interested in careers as Minnesota police officers; advertised that their program could make graduates eligible to become police officers or participate in additional training to do so; had recruiters recommend the program to students who expressed an interest in becoming police officers in Minnesota; and told prospective students that they could become police officers or would only need 'additional training' to become police officers. These representations were false and in violation of the CFA and DTPA."
“The court found that students in the Criminal Justice Program were misled, deceived and defrauded," said Minnesota Office of Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller. "As a result of this finding, the Office of Higher Education is required to revoke Globe/MSB’s state authorization. We will also be evaluating teach-out plans and options for the approximately 1,700 students enrolled at one of these campuses."
Globe University had this statement following the court ruling:
"Today, after two years of defending our schools against allegations by the Minnesota Attorney General, the Court issued its decision. The Court found that Globe University & Minnesota School of Business are currently operating in full compliance with state law. While the Court made some findings related to our now ceased criminal justice program, the Court has ordered the Attorney General’s Office to provide additional information to complete its ruling on the matter."
Swanson says she'll seek restitution for the vast majority of the students.