Chapter 442

Chapter 442

2003 -- S 0867

Enacted 09/04/03


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Senators Tassoni, Celona, Polisena, and Damiani

     Date Introduced: February 26, 2003



It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 16-40-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-40 entitled "Private

Schools" is hereby amended to read as follows:

     16-40-1. Approval of secondary and higher schools by board -- Certification to

secretary of state. -- (a) No academy, college, university, or other institution of secondary or

higher education shall be incorporated or established in this state or be permitted to transact

business within this state unless and until: (i) it is accredited by the New England Association of

Schools and Colleges (NEASC); and (ii) suitable provision, approved by the board of regents for

elementary and secondary education or the board of governors for higher education, shall be

made that the academy, college, university, or institution is in compliance with the provisions of

this chapter and with the regulations and standards for approval adopted by the appropriate one of

those boards to implement this chapter.

      (b) The secretary of state, upon the receipt by him or her under the provisions of the

general laws of articles of association purporting to establish an educational institution, shall

transmit the articles of association to the appropriate board and shall not issue the certificate of

incorporation provided by the general laws unless and until the commissioner of elementary and

secondary education or the commissioner of higher education shall file with the secretary of state

a certificate over his or her signature that the appropriate board has approved the application for

incorporation as complying with the requirements of this section.

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.