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North Greenville University's Response to The Department of Justice

Tigerville, SC (February 13, 2019) The United States Department of Justice has announced the conclusion of an investigation into North Greenville University’s former relationship with a third-party company, Joined Inc., a California company formed to support student recruitment in higher education. The investigation related to the contractual and ownership relationship with Joined Inc. that was established in 2014 when the University invested in the company. There were other legal matters related to the operation of the company that did not apply to the University. This investigation focused solely on a potential technical violation of federal regulations related to the incentive recruitment aspects of the relationship. The government expressed no concerns with regard to the quality of educational services provided to students enrolled in the University at any time. 

The Joined business relationship began in January 2014. In 2015, Interim President Randall Pannell and the Board of Trustees dissolved the university’s relationship with the company, prior to receiving notification of the government investigation. Joined had not been an effective student recruiter. Joined subsequently declared bankruptcy and ceased operations. This settlement concludes the government investigation into NGU’s relationship with Joined and under the terms of the settlement, there is no admission of liability by the University for any violation of federal law.

“NGU and its current legal team have cooperated fully with the authorities in this investigation, which stemmed from operational decisions that occurred in 2014. Since 2015, the university has had no involvement with Joined, so these issues have not applied to the university’s operations since that time,” stated current NGU president Gene C. Fant, Jr. 

“We are glad that the issues have been resolved, and we look forward to focusing on the many wonderful opportunities that continue to loom large in our immediate future as we continue our longstanding history of equipping transformational leaders for church and society.”

       

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