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Nebraska alleges Bellevue University misled students about program accreditation

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By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. — The state of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue University, alleging the school made false and misleading statements regarding its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and registered nurse (RN) programs.

According to the lawsuit filed in Nebraska's District Court of Sarpy County, the state alleges Bellevue used false advertising and marketing and statements to potential students about the college's RN and BSN accreditation. Bellevue made misleading statements regarding the program's accreditation status as well as the importance of accreditation, the Nebraska Attorney General's Office said.

“The decision to invest in a college education is one with lifelong financial implications," Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said in a statement. "Consumers are entitled to, and the law demands, that they be provided, accurate information when making these decisions."

Nearly 180 students lost money due to graduating with unaccredited RN/BSN degrees, according to Peterson's lawsuit.  

"With [this] filing, we remind all educational institutions that they will be held accountable for the representations they make to current and prospective students," Peterson said. 

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