Commitment to Accurate Representation

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing accurate, honest, and clear information in print, online, broadcast media, and oral presentations for prospective and current student, for faculty and staff, and for the community. The University will make every effort to avoid misrepresentation to students and others in communications made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means.

The University of Arkansas is committed to fostering a campus community built on honesty and integrity. To that end, these statements address the U.S. Department Regulatory Citation: 34 CFR § 668.71 through 668.74, regarding the Prohibition of Misrepresentation to Students and Others at colleges and universities.

For more information or to express concerns about possible misrepresentation, please contact Dr. Suzanne McCray, Vice Provost for Enrollment Services and Dean of Admissions at (479) 575-3771 or

The referenced regulations define misrepresentation and prospective student as follows:

  • Misrepresentation: Any false, erroneous or misleading statement an eligible institution, one of its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the eligible institution has an agreement to provide educational programs, or to provide marketing, advertising, recruiting or admissions services makes directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student or any member of the public, or to an accrediting agency, to a State agency, or to the Secretary. A misleading statement includes any statement that has the likelihood or tendency to deceive. A statement is any communication made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. Misrepresentation includes the dissemination of a student endorsement or testimonial that a student gives either under duress or because the institution required the student to make such an endorsement or testimonial to participate in a program.
  • Prospective student: Any individual who has contacted an eligible institution for the purpose of requesting information about enrolling at the institution or who has been contacted directly by the institution or indirectly through advertising about enrolling at the institution.

Scope of Regulations

The federal regulatory provisions prohibit misrepresentation by the school itself, one of its representatives, or other related parties, with respect to: a) the nature of the education programs offered through the university; b) the nature of financial charges and; c) the employability of graduates of the university.