Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Spencerian College, which is owned by the Sullivan University System after the for-profit school allegedly misrepresented job placement numbers to consumers.
This marks the fourth lawsuit Attorney General Conway has filed as part of his ongoing investigation of the for-profit college industry.
The complaint, which was filed in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims that Spencerian College violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by making unfair, false, misleading and deceptive statements in its publications and on its website regarding the rate at which its students were able to find jobs in their field of study.
Attorney General Conway claims since at least 2007, Spencerian College reported placement rates to students through its website and by way of a published interview book, that certain fields of study had a 100 percent job placement rate, however, the rates were significantly different, sometimes with a differential of up to 40 percent.
Spencerian College removed the conflicting graduation placement rates from its website after a civil investigative demand from the Office of the Attorney General was received.
The Attorney General’s complaint seeks an injunction against Spencerian College to prohibit further deceptive trade practices and seeks civil penalties of $2,000 per violation and recovery of investigative costs and attorney’s fees.