The following is part of an article from The Oregonian. It is clear from the article that Oregon can actually file criminal charges against people who use degrees from places not approved by their Office of Degree Authorization (and those specifically include, according to the list at www.osac.state.or.us/oda places like Kennedy-Western, Berne, California Coast, and Rushmore. -------------------------------------------------- Diploma mill degree sinks DEQ finalist Coast Guard Capt. Mike Hall withdraws his application to lead the state environmental agency By Jonathan Brinckman of The Oregonian staff U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mike Hall, one of three final candidates to head Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, withdrew from consideration Wednesday following the disclosure that his bachelor's degree was from a defunct diploma mill that never had accreditation. Hall's bachelor of arts degree in sociology, listed on his resume and issued in 1975 by Northwestern College of Springfield, Mo., "is a worthless piece of paper," said Alan Contreras, who checked on Hall's degrees for DEQ commissioners as they close in on their final choice. Presenting a degree from a nonaccredited institution in a job application is against Oregon state law, said Contreras, who serves as administrator of Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization. But he did not plan to ask the attorney general's office to bring criminal charges against Hall. "We don't have any reason to believe that Mr. Hall was intentionally trying to use an illegal degree to scam somebody," Contreras said. "He probably just didn't know what the law here is."