Dems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue

Dems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue
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Senate Democrats are calling on ITT Technical Institute to stop putting mandatory arbitration clauses in their college enrollment agreements.

The clauses, typically buried in the fine print, state that disputes over abusive or fraudulent practices can only be resolved by privately appointed individuals or arbitrators, rather than through the court system. They also bar consumers from bringing group claims through the arbitration process.

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In a letter Friday, Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D-Ill.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' MORE (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked the for-profit college to follow in the footsteps of its peers and strike the clause from their contracts.

“In light of the actions by University of Phoenix and DeVry [University], the spotlight is now on ITT Tech and the burden is now on you to explain to your students why ITT Tech continues to deny them their day in court when your fellow institutions have chosen a different path,” they said in their letter. 

The senators went on to asked ITT Tech to let them know within 30 days whether it plans to change its enrollment agreement.