New Jersey Statutes & Regulations
Regarding Academic Degrees
N.J.S.A. 18A:3-15.1. Deceptive diploma practices
A person shall not with the intent to deceive buy, sell, make or
alter, give, issue, obtain or attempt to obtain any diploma or
other document purporting to confer any academic degree, or which
certifies the completion in whole or in part of any course of
study in any institution of higher education.
L. 1986, c. 87, s. 1, eff. Aug. 14, 1986.
NJ.S.A. 18A:3-15.2. Use of fraudulent degree
A person or other legal entity shall not use, or attempt
to use, in connection with any business, trade, profession or occupation
any academic degree or certification of degree or degree credit,
including but not limited to a transcript of course work, which
has been fraudulently issued, obtained, forged or altered. A person
shall not, with intent to deceive, falsely represent himself as
having received any such degree or credential.
L. 1986, c. 87, s. 2, eff. Aug. 14, 1986.
N.J.S.A. 18A:3-15.3. Letter designation restricted
A person shall not append to his name any letters in the
same form designated by the Commission on Higher Education as entitled
to the protection accorded to an academic degree unless the person
has received from a duly authorized institution of higher education
the degree or certificate for which the letters are registered.
For the purposes of this section, a duly authorized institution
of higher education means an in-State institution licensed by the
Commission on Higher Education or an out-of-State institution licensed
by the appropriate state agency and regionally accredited or seeking
accreditation by the appropriate accrediting body recognized by
the Council on Postsecondary Education or the United States Department
L.1986,c.87,s.3; amended 1994,c.48,s.36.
N.J.S.A. 18A:3-15.5. Civil penalty
Any person who violates any provision of this act is liable
to a civil penalty of $1,000.00 for each offense, which shall be
collected pursuant to the provisions of "the penalty enforcement
law," N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.
L. 1986, c. 87, s. 5, eff. Aug. 14, 1986.
Rules - Subchapter 8
Fraudulent Academic Degrees
N.J.A.C. 9A:1-8.1 Protected degree designations for earned
(a) No person shall use or append to his or her name any academic
degree designation, letters, derivatives thereof, or other designations
as evidence of having earned an academic degree unless a duly authorized
institution of higher education as defined in Section 3 of P.L.1986,
c.87 (N.J.S.A. 18A:3-15.3) conferred the degree.
1. In states without a licensing requirement for institutions
of higher education, a duly authorized institution of higher
education is one that is regionally accredited or accredited
by the appropriate accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary
of Education or one that is seeking such accreditation.
2. Regarding institutions located outside of the U.S. or its
possessions, a duly authorized institution of higher education
is one that is recognized by the appropriate body in the particular
country provided that the institution’s requirements for
awarding degrees are generally equivalent to those accepted in
the U.S. by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary
U.S. Dept. of Education Listing of Postsecondary Educational Institutions
and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval
Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.