The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed in 1991 to place restrictions on telemarketing, pre-recorded, or auto-dialed calls. TCPA protects consumers from unsolicited phone calls in many cases, but there are also exemptions. Included in the exemptions are "non-telemarketing, informational calls, such as those by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations..." Therefore, non-profit colleges and universities should not be concerned about compliance with this law.
In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated the law, raising alarm for admission and recruitment professionals. However, there have been no revisions to the original exemptions of non-profits. The updates simply clarified the rule governing prior written consent and removed an exemption regarding "established business relationships." All institutions previously covered under the non-profit exemption retain that status.
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