Board Tightens Policies For International Students

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The State Board of Higher Education is working to tighten admission policies for international students after fake transcripts and bogus degrees came to light at Dickinson State University.

Wednesday, the board approved a first reading of changes that includes requiring all transcripts from international institutions be submitted for verification to an established transcript evaluation service.

An audit found some Chinese student’s transcripts submitted to Dickinson State were fakes. When one student did not have a prerequisite class, the following day the student presented a new “official” transcript complete with the official Chinese university stamp and with the required prerequisite class listed, the audit said.

DSU officials discovered students can buy Chinese university official stamps on the Internet and put any class or grade on their transcript.

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