About the Enforcement Section

The Bureau's paramount objective is to protect the public through regulating private postsecondary educational institutions (institutions) in California. To achieve this goal, the Bureau reviews and approves institution owners to operate institutions that exhibit compliance with standard minimum requirements set out in applicable law (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8 (also known as the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (the Act)) and corresponding regulations).

The Bureau has authority to cite, revoke, suspend, place on probation, or bring an action for equitable relief against any approved institution if the institution has violated a provision of the laws governing the institution's operation (Article 18 of the Act).

The Bureau has established an aggressive enforcement program to ensure that timely and appropriate disciplinary action is taken against non-compliant institutions. The Bureau utilizes the services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Division of Investigation, the California Office of the Attorney General, and the California Office of Administrative Hearings to ensure disciplinary actions are handled in a fair and judicious manner.