ITT Technical Institute Targeted for Lawsuit Alleging Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices

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An investigation conducted by Special Investigations Agency, a non profit organization, supports the allegations of unfair and deceptive business practices as asserted by former and current students and former employees of ITT Tech. As a result, legal action is planned under the California Unfair Practices Act seeking a court order stopping unfair and deceptive recruiting techniques and seeking restitution for victims of ITT.

– A number of former students from ITT Tech have reported to SIA that they were pressured with unethical sales tactics into signing up to attend ITT Tech. In one case, the same day the student walked into ITT Tech to sign up, he was placed into a class that was already in progress on its third week of classes.

Many students said the assessment used by ITT Tech to evaluate whether they were qualified to meet the educational challenge was an eight minute test of riddle type questions. One of the questions was as follows: If a butcher has two kids, one a boy and one a girl, what does he weigh? The answer was meat!

Additionally, some reported that after dropping classes, ITT Tech continued to bill their Sallie Mae guaranteed student loan. One student, after allegedly attending five weeks, was billed almost $6,000.00 on his student loan even though he had withdrawn from the ITT program.

SIA sent an undercover investigator into ITT Tech to pose as a prospective student and to get a firsthand look at the alleged sales pressure tactics. We were stunned to get a glimpse of exactly what the students had alleged.

After Channel Ten aired this story last week, calls were received from current and former employees of ITT supporting the above allegations.

After meeting with local ITT staff members, ITT assured us that discussions were held with their sales staff regarding our concerns; however ITT has failed to resolve the issues with the student complainants. Instead of committing to reforms that would protect the public and prospective ITT students, ITT instead wishes to address individual student claims via private arbitration, away from public and judicial scrutiny.

About Special Investigations Agency

SIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educate, promote, and assure integrity and ethics by providing an investigative and intervention resource to the general public. We utilize all necessary tools and methods to accomplish our objectives. We will forward criminal cases to the appropriate government agencies for prosecution. SIA will then monitor the progress of the case to insure the proper course of action is taken. Civil cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Carl Starrett, Esq.                                 Kevin LaChapelle

Legal Counsel, SIA                                 Director, SIA

619-448-2129                                     619-778-8433

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