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  173.754.  Unlawful use false or misleading degree, when — violation, penalty. — 1.  It is unlawful for a person to knowingly use or attempt to use, in connection with admission to any institution of higher education or in connection with any business, employment, occupation, profession, trade, or public office:

  (1)  A false or misleading degree from any institution of higher education, regardless of whether that institution is located in Missouri and regardless of whether the institution has been issued a certificate of approval or temporary certificate of approval by the board; or

  (2)  A degree from any institution of higher education in a false or misleading manner, regardless of whether that institution is located in Missouri and regardless of whether the institution has been issued a certificate of approval or temporary certificate of approval by the board.

  2.  For the purposes of this section, a degree is false or misleading or is used in a false or misleading manner if it:

  (1)  States or suggests that the person named in the degree has completed the requirements of an academic or professional program of study in a particular field of endeavor beyond the secondary school level and the person has not, in fact, completed the requirements of the program of study;

  (2)  Is offered as his or her own by a person other than the person who completed the requirements of the program of study; or

  (3)  Is awarded, bestowed, conferred, given, granted, conveyed, or sold in violation of this chapter.

  3.  The penalty for a violation of this section shall be a class C misdemeanor.

  4.  For purposes of this section, the term "board" shall mean the coordinating board for higher education.

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(L. 2009 H.B. 62)


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