Department of Justice Probes Admissions Ethics Code

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into whether the ethics code of the National Association for College Admission Counseling violates federal antitrust law.

The department has sent information requests to NACAC and to professionals from various schools and colleges who were involved in drafting the new version of the ethics code, which was adopted last year.

The letter from the department, a copy of which has been obtained by Inside Higher Ed, states that the investigation pertains to a possible agreement "to restrain trade among colleges and universities in the recruitment of students."

The Justice Department is seeking copies of all documents related to drafting the new version of the ethics code, known as the Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

The request covers "documents discussing the inclusion, drafting, enactment, enforcement of or justifications for any section."

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