The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against Grand Canyon Education (GCE), accusing the company of falsely presenting itself as a non-profit organization. The FTC claims that GCE, operating as a for-profit institution, misled consumers through its advertising and marketing efforts. Additionally, the complaint alleges that GCE violated telemarketing rules and misled individuals with its doctoral program marketing.
Defendants named in the lawsuit include GCE, Grand Canyon University (the school operated by GCE), and Brian Mueller, GCE's chief executive. The FTC seeks a permanent injunction against these defendants, along with monetary relief for affected consumers.
This legal action follows an order issued by the U.S. Department of Education in November against Grand Canyon University. The Education Department revealed that the school had made deceptive claims about its doctoral programs, resulting in a fine of $37.7 million. Grand Canyon University promptly denied all accusations leveled against them by the Education Department.
At the time of writing, representatives from Grand Canyon Education and Grand Canyon University have not provided any comment on the matter.
The FTC's complaint, filed on Wednesday, further reveals that the defendants made phone calls to individuals who explicitly requested not to be contacted. These calls also targeted individuals listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.