Postsecondary schools; enrollment agreements, disputes, arbitration. (HB2236)

Introduced By

Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Postsecondary schools; enrollment agreements; disputes; arbitration. Requires each postsecondary school that requires any student to submit to arbitration to resolve disputes with the school pursuant to an enrollment agreement to (i) permit the student to report the dispute to any other individual or entity before the arbitration proceeding is initiated or completed; (ii) report each student dispute to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (the Council) before the arbitration proceeding is initiated; (iii) report to the Council certain information about each arbitration proceeding that results from a student dispute, including the nature of the dispute, any defense or counterclaim by the school, and the disposition of the dispute; and (iv) report to the Council annual aggregated data on arbitration proceedings that result from student disputes, including the number, nature, and disposition of such proceedings. The bill prohibits any postsecondary school that is required to be certified by the Council from (a) conditioning the enrollment of a student receiving state funds pursuant to Title 23.1 of the Code of Virginia on entering into an agreement that requires the student to arbitrate any dispute between the student and the school or to resolve a dispute on an individual basis and waive the right to class or group actions and (b) requiring any enrolled student to resolve a dispute between the student and the school pursuant to an internal dispute resolution process. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101068D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3
01/28/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
02/05/2019Left in Education