Misrepresentation of Credentials

Effective July 1, 2006, it is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. T.C.A. Sec. 49-7-133.

It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secur employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing, that such person:

  1. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  3. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.
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