(RightIsRight.co) – Underscoring the lengths the Biden administration is willing to go to target the United States’ largest Christian university, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Grand Canyon University (GCU) over allegations of misleading practices.
GCU, which has an enrollment exceeding 100,000 students, including over 85,000 online learners as of fall 2022, is facing serious charges as outlined in a federal complaint filed in the District of Arizona.
According to the FTC, GCU has reportedly engaged in misleading business practices related to its doctoral programs. Furthermore, the university is accused of breaking laws against illegal telemarketing.
Samuel Levine, the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, released a press statement expressing the agency’s stance. “Grand Canyon deceived students by holding itself out as a non-profit institution and misrepresenting the costs and number of courses required to earn doctoral degrees,” Levine stated. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to take advantage of students.”
The lawsuit further claims that GCU’s marketing strategies resulted in millions of intrusive telemarketing calls, including to individuals who explicitly requested not to be contacted and those listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.
The FTC’s allegations extend to accusations that GCU provided misleading information about the duration needed to complete their accelerated doctoral programs. Additionally, the university allegedly made unlawful phone calls to potential students who had opted not to receive calls despite submitting their contact details to GCU’s website.
The FTC’s legal action against GCU seeks a ruling from the U.S. District Court in Arizona that would require the university to compensate potential students for the alleged infringements.
This lawsuit follows a significant financial penalty the Department of Education (ED) imposed on GCU in October. The ED’s investigation concluded that GCU had “consistently misrepresented doctoral program costs,” resulting in a fine exceeding $37 million, as detailed in an ED press release.