Brooklyn, NY asked in Consumer Law and Education Law for New York

Q: Does a graduate school complaint fall under consumer fraud or education law?

Entire graduating class of 2018 plus graduates from previous years have complained about the gap between how our program is marketed and what is actually delivered. Meetings with the department chair resulted in inadequate change. A group meeting with the Provost, (who promised confidentiality), resulted in exposure of the meeting attendees and content to the department chair and still resulted in no change. How should a group proceed with a complaint of this nature?


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1 Lawyer Answer

Tim Akpinar

  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It can possibility involve elements of both types of law. A starting point could be a consultation with an attorney who could examine the promises or representations made by the school and their legitimacy. But these types of matters could possibly involve extensive discovery, which could be costly. Therefore, it would be advisable to consider the costs of such an action and the prospects for a favorable outcome.

Tim Akpinar

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