A group of 14 officers in the New York City Fire Department are in hot water, after an investigation showed that they used distance learning fake degrees to get promotions.
The NYFD officers apparently paid a few hundred dollars each for their degrees, which came from a bogus institution called St. Regis University, allegedly operating out of the Republic of Liberia. The New York Daily News reported that one officer defended his right to earn a “life experience degree” in business by having regular conversations with a neighbor who is a lawyer.
St. Regis is an online diploma mill which essentially requires no course work. The New York Times reported that there is considerable resistance to the importance of education inside the fire department, particularly among older officers who joined when only a high school diploma was required for employment.
As an illustration of the long term dangers of submitting distance learning fake degrees, however, several of the NYFD officers now find themselves defending previous promotions they got as a result of submitting bogus “life experience” degrees as far back as 2002.