The Oregon Department of Justice contracted with AACRAO's international evaluation team to advise the state as to the actual status of the entity called University Francophone Robert de Sorbon (also uses a couple of similar names). The relevant part of the evaluation's conclusions appears below. The complete evaluation is not yet a public record owing to its use by the Department of Justice in an ongoing investigation. From AACRAO: "The French "law" that Sorbon keeps referring to (with an implication that the 'law' gives Sorbon authority to grant degrees) is a law that permits French institutions to award degrees based in part on work or life experience. But, the law doesn't grant Sorbon (or anyone else) authority to grant degrees. Only recognized institutions can award degrees and we find nothing to indicate that Sorbon has been recognized in France (or anywhere else). Interestingly enough, amongst the volumes of papers provided is the documentation related to applying for recognition, but no recognition. Much of the other documentation appears to be related to Sorbon as a business." In addition, AACRAO notes that Sorbon claims that several different evaluators recognize it, when in fact this appears to be one person flying several flags of convenience. Also, French law allows only certain schools to use the term "university" and Sorbon is not on that list. It is illegal in France for an entity not on the list to use the term in its name. Sorbon is not on the French list of universities authorized to use life experience as the basis for issuance of academic credit. Further, AACRAO concludes that Sorbon's claim of accreditation from the government of the Comoros islands is baseless. Sorbon has claimed that ODA has inappropriately listed it on our web site as a non-university because it has French authority to issue degrees. Based on the AACRAO evaluation, whch reached the same conclusion that many others have, we will continue to treat it as having no legal authority to issue degrees that the state of Oregon must recognize. The entity appears to be a Maine business, but the actual location of its ownership is not clear. Under Oregon law, a foreign degree-granting entity that cannot demonstrate that it has the legal authority to issue degrees from a recognized government is by definition a diploma mill. The entity called Robert de Sorbon, having failed to meet the standard, is therefore a diploma mill under Oregon law. For this reason, degrees issued by Sorbon are considered false and fraudulent, are banned for all uses in Oregon and cannot be used with a disclaimer under the Kennedy-Western settlement standard. Any use of such fake degrees in Oregon will be referred to the fraud unit of the Oregon Department of Justice. This determination applies only to uses in the State of Oregon. Sorbon may not be a diploma mill under laws elsewhere, but it sure isn't a French university of any subspecies.