ERIC Number: ED234651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Legal Responsibilities and Contractual Obligations Imposed on a University by Its Catalog.
Peterson, Erlend D.
The college catalog is discussed with regard to its contractual obligations and applicable federal legislation, and court cases are examined. Historical developments, elements of a contract, and student rights are also addressed. It is suggested that although the university is contractually bound by its published policies and procedures, it can avoid misunderstandings and prevent consumer suits by stating in the catalog that courses listed are subject to change through normal academic channels. It is recommended that the university should implement the following guidelines: review the catalog for correctness; make adjustments necessary in the catalog information to provide the accurate statements of contractual obligations; establish a procedure for change in which all policies, procedures, degree requirements, or curriculum are changed for the effective printing date of the catalog; implement procedures and support systems that insure the honoring of the catalog information such as a computer degree check file that monitors the student automatically according to the date of entry into the university and major program; and inform necessary personnel of the binding nature of the catalog and of their responsibility to honor the stated catalog requirements. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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