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Defrauded by Capella University’s School PsyD?

Students enrolled in the Capella University PsyD in School Psychology program between 2018-2023 may be eligible for significant compensation.

From 2018 to the present, potentially hundreds of students enrolled in Capella University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program, aimed to become licensed psychologists in New York State. Capella University advertised its Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program as suitable for students who wanted to become licensed psychologists in New York State. However, in truth, they did not tell prospective students that their program did not meet New York’s requirements for clinical training. In other words, students wasted thousands of dollars and time enrolled in a program that wouldn’t allow them to fulfill their ultimate career ambition.

Key Issues in the Capella University PsyD Program Lawsuit

  • Misrepresentation of Eligibility: Capella University falsely claimed that its PsyD program would allow New York State residents to complete the required practicum and internship hours necessary for state licensure.
  • Lack of Accreditation: The PsyD program at Capella University is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) nor registered with the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions, disqualifying it from meeting state licensure requirements.
  • Legal Exemption Reliance: Capella University relied on a now-repealed exemption allowing unlicensed practice in certain settings, without informing students that this exemption was temporary and subject to repeal, leaving students unable to complete their clinical training.
  • Material Limitations Concealed: Capella University did not disclose the material limitations and uncertainties regarding the ability to become licensed in New York, which critically impacted students’ careers.

We are seeking to help students address the deceptive practices of Capella University and its parent company, Strategic Education, Inc.

Our team of attorneys is helping plaintiffs seek damages for the misrepresentations, financial losses, and emotional distress caused by Capella University’s misleading information.

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Holding Capella University Accountable: The PsyD Lawsuit Explained

Founded in 1993 as “The Graduate School of America,” Capella University is an online institution offering various degree programs, including a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program. The university received regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in 1997 and has since focused on providing flexible education options through online classes.

Who does the Capella University PsyD Lawsuit Affect?

The lawsuit against Capella University centers on misconduct related to the university’s psychology department, particularly its doctoral program. Plaintiffs and Class Members, who are New York state residents who enrolled in the psychology program between 2018 and the present, claim that Capella University misrepresented the program’s ability to fulfill New York state licensure requirements for psychology practice.

The Exemption Loophole

Capella University’s PsyD program promised students the opportunity to fulfill their practicum and internship requirements in New York state. These are crucial steps for obtaining licensure as a psychologist. This promise was a deciding factor for many students, particularly those residing in New York, as it provided a pathway to practicing psychology in their home state when choosing a doctoral psychology program.

However, Capella University failed to disclose that its program’s credibility was contingent on a temporary Exemption in New York state law. This Exemption, initially introduced in 2002 and later amended in 2018, allowed individuals without a license to practice psychology to perform certain activities related to psychological assessments and service planning as long as they were employed in specific professional settings.

Capella University marketed its PsyD program to prospective students, including the Plaintiffs and Class Members, as a viable option for fulfilling New York state licensure requirements. They did so without explicitly disclosing that the program’s ability to facilitate licensure depended on this Exemption, which could be revoked or expire.

Unfortunately, this lack of transparency became critical when the Exemption was repealed in 2022. With the Exemption no longer in effect, Capella PsyD candidates could not complete their practicum and internship hours in New York state, rendering them ineligible for licensure in the state.

What Does This Lawsuit Mean for Capella University’s PsyD Students?

The students affected by the Capella University situation incurred several types of damages as a result of the university’s actions. These damages may include:

  1. Financial Loss: Students may have paid tuition fees and other expenses associated with the PsyD program with the expectation that they would be able to complete the program and obtain licensure in New York State. These expenses can include tuition, fees, and other related costs. In addition, students may also be able to recover punitive damages for the university’s misrepresentation of its program.
  2. Lost Time and Opportunity: Pursuing a PsyD program is a significant investment of time and effort. Students who are unable to complete their required practicum and internship hours in New York State may have lost valuable time and opportunities for professional development and career advancement.
  3. Emotional Distress: Dealing with the uncertainty and stress of not being able to complete their degree requirements and pursue their chosen career path can lead to emotional distress and other mental health issues.
  4. Professional Harm: Being unable to obtain licensure as a psychologist in New York State can have long-term professional consequences, including limitations on the types of jobs they can apply for and the potential for lower earning potential.
  5. Other Consequential Damages: Depending on the individual circumstances, other damages may be related to the students’ inability to obtain licensure in New York State.

In the lawsuit, the students may seek to recover these damages and any other losses they have suffered due to Capella University’s actions. The specific amount they may recover will depend on the evidence presented and the lawsuit’s outcome. They may be awarded monetary compensation to cover their financial losses, emotional distress, and other damages if successful.

How Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you or someone you know has been affected by Capella University’s misrepresentations regarding their PsyD program, contact The Carlson Law Firm today. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve.

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