Pleasanton's Tri-Valley University under federal investigation

Feds claim college caters to illegals here under false prentenses

Tri-Valley University of Pleasanton is being investigated by federal officials who claim the college is a front for illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. under false pretenses.

The college, which claims to offer masters' and doctorate degree programs in a number of subjects, is housed in a two-story office building on Boulder Court off Valley Avenue. The first floor consists of a two-office suite; the upstairs windows are masked with black plastic bags.

Federal officials confirmed they served a search warrant on the college and a residence in the Ruby Hill neighborhood. While they are offering little information on the search, they did confirm the investigation is part of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division.

Doors at the university remained locked Friday, and calls to its single phone number remained unanswered. A search of the school's online catalog -- with a long list of spelling errors -- shows a long list of classes, but no schedule or location.

Questions about the university have been circulating since at least last September, when an online comment was posted that the school was not accredited.

The university's president and founder, Susan Xiao-Ping Su, responded by describing Tri-Valley as "a Christian Higher Education Institution offering quality academic programs in Engineering, Business, Art, Law and Medicine with live synchronous virtual classroom instruction."

However, the website may offer a hint about what led to the raid. It claims "Ph.D. students can apply for (a) Green Card directly."

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Posted by TVU students community
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Hi Sir , how about those students who were attending the online classes and written the exams and completed the fall 2010 term and continuing for spring or taking break for spring and want to continue for summer. Overall how about those students who dont know about this what is going on in that university. Students who are not in California they also taken admission because it is online and attending the classes students never seen administration or inside the university but, and why took admission in this university because it is affordable and thats what so many students taken transfer to this university, lectures also was good and they were teaching as per the syllabus and students performed good too. as student use to send home works online and if doubts students make phone call or contact through emails to lecturers and they clears doubts and students thinks this is good. students like the way of teaching as well.......... but at last questions arise how should students can come out of this university being in status, as if students wants take transfer from here to another university they need release by tri valley university which is close........ please advice to students what to do sir

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Posted by Trisha
a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I'd like to know what person approved the permit from the city of Pleasanton. Either they are total idiots or are part of a scheme involving bribing of officials. I hope everyone takes a look at the web page for this "university". I was under the impression to get a permit for such a thing would include a hearing.

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Posted by Boo
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

oh sweet can't wait to get my PhD!

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Posted by bob
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Jan 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

i gotta a phd'a here a and it a real good a...agree with boo, great a university a ya.

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Posted by daffodil
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It a very good university! I love the green card and the visa. What wrong with that? I like how not go to class and just study on computa....I can even study from china. what wrong wit that?

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Posted by supercool
a resident of California Somerset
on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Do students know the value of Masters and Doctorates??? If yes, why would they choose such a university. The university will be definitely good for dumb asses who do not want to go the college,do not want to work hard, do not want to learn but maintain the status.
Everyone should be pointing fingers at the processes involved in all this fraud, beginning from getting the I-20 to the transfer of SEVIS.

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Posted by JoeF
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

There is not just "one online comment"...
There are several online discussions which established long ago that TVU is a fraud. TVU personnel mostly posted ramblings in horribly bad English spelling in these discussions... (disclosure: I have been a very active participant in these discussions, having been the target of insults and threats from TVU personnel.)
And the Feds have monitored these discussions and now had enough evidence to get search warrants.
As far as TVU students are concerned, most knew or suspected that TVU was fake. People who legitimately studied there need to see a good immigration lawyer ASAP if they want to avoid deportation.

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Posted by OUT of job !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Those visas mount, and more immigrants take jobs our family members
would LOVE ! !

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Posted by nik
a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Stop your sarcastic comments. Just put yourself in the shoes of those students who are suffering now. I hope everything goes fine and students soon come out of this critical situation.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Come on! In a town where you need a Planning Commission meeting for permission to hang up a mere sign for your business, you can't tell me that this so-called University at (what a laugh riot---look at the website) and two Youtube videos magically got permission to operate in Pleasanton with no questions asked from city officials....

I agree with some of the radio programs that have been covering this in the Bay Area. Are the officials that approved this "University" comatose or something? Lots of people in the Mohr neighborhood knew that something was going on when it was on the corner of Stoneridge and Santa Rita. I smell a rat.

Too bad they got shut down. I was hoping to enroll my cat to get a "Ph.D in Nurse" like this cat, who was awarded an MBA Web Link Hilarious!

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Posted by It's About Time
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The Pleasanton Weekly *finally* covers this story of the underground Pleasanton University days after extensive coverage on area TV stations, as well as in depth stories in the SF Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Pleasanton Patch, Contra Costa Times and many others?

No chance you've been silenced by calls from City Hall, have you?

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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

I'd like to know how this business met Pleasanton's stringent permit policies? I have to have a license for my dog and pay a fee. Who signed off on this permit? What was the process to allow them to conduct "business". I'd like that angle of the story investigated.

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Posted by Kumar
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

What kind of action immigration guys are taking? can some one please let us know...

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Posted by bndgrl536
a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2011 at 8:02 am

To the first comment-
You are here illegally because it does not sound like you are currently attending any school and "students" who do not attend within the required allotment of days (30 days after the day of class start) are required by I.C.E. to immediately leave the country. If you reside in the U.S. over 30 days illegally you can be barred from returning for up to 7 years and any amount over the 30 days you can be prevented from returning to the U.S.for life.
I would hHIGHLY suggest you return to your home country immediately. Apply to a REPUTIBLE school and if you are accepted, during your next visa interview provide documentation of why you had to return and what TVU did so that you are not red flagged for termination status which your I-20 probably has been already. Do not be surprised if you are denied.
Registering for online classes ONLY is a violation of your I-20. F-1 student visa holders are required by the government to attend, at minimum, half of their full-time credits on GROUND which you admitted you did not.
Every student that attended or was accepted to this school is most likely facing deportation.
Nic- It may not necessarily be the students' faults if they did not know it was a sham but there is also evidence stating the majority of the students paid for their visas to the school which is illegal also. This president is facing some serious jail time. She'll most likely get it. It's "schools" like this that make other REAL universities that are approved by SEVIS and I.C.E. look bad and they need to get immigration lawyers or depart the U.S. immediately.
Supercool- It has nothing to do with the value of a degree. It has everything to do with getting into the country. There are countless non-citizens who do it yearly. There are also tens of thousands of students who legally come here for a quality degree and follow all of the rules required. The documents issued to potential students to take to the visa interview are worth thousands on the black market in countries like India and many countries in Africa.It is sad, but despite the economy, employment, etc. in the U.S. it is still the best country in the world compared to others and there are plenty of people that will do whatever it takes to get here.
Trish- There is a rigorous process for a school to get approval to issue these documents, review by an entity by "SEVIS", proof of accreditation etc. and site visits. I am shocked beyond belief this school, and I use that term losely, that they were approved at all.

There are many many many incorrect facts about what students can and cannot do while in the U.S. studying on the TVU website. All of the locals should be writing I.C.E. thank you cards right now.
All of what I posted is intended to only provide information as a lot of it is vague and unknown to many people. I hope this answers some questions that were posted :)

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Posted by bndgrl536
a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

Sorry about all of the typos :) I wrote in a hurry before heading to a meeting.

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Posted by PLT-RES
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jan 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Only 4455 Stoneridge drive owner "Susan Xiao-Ping Su" can answer all the questions.

I guess Pleasanton township can not do much on Federal issue.

It's a good lesson for students in abroad that this kind of school also exist in developed country !!

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Posted by TVU Alum
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Boy what a shame. I have such fond memories of my days @ TVU it's just a shame to see all this go down. The Homecoming parade back in 08', the big football game where we finally beat our rivals from Wyo-Tech Institute in 09' & who could forget that epic fraternity party we all had just last spring...

Please people, there are NO students affected here because there were NO students at this "college" to begin with. Ms. Xiao-Ping Su is a fraud, an (accused) felon, she provided no educational services that can be classified as any real college level curriculum. The millions of dollars she "stole" from the "students" were to only satisfy her greed & perpetuate a fraud & quite possibly even allow for some nefarious types of individuals to enter this country.

I hope justice is not blind in her persecution.

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Posted by sanramonmom
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Any online degree is a joke. Period. Go to real classes, get a real diploma and get a real job. Also, be a real US citizen.

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Posted by Raj
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

US citizen should voice their concerns about fraudulent Immigration.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials

Protests in India over Pleasanton university.
Contra Costa Times Web Link
“Activists from the All India Students Federation staged a protest outside the office of the U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad. Members, who clashed with police and tried to break into the consulate grounds, asked the government to help and protect the 1,555 students of Tri-Valley University -- a majority of whom are from that region of India, according to Indian news reports.”

The US Indian community says the "students knowingly committed fraud.

The Times of India news
Web Link

“Hundreds of Indian students who have gotten scammed by a dodgy California-based university had it coming. Tri-Valley University (TVU) had a reputation as a "Diploma Mill" that offered a spurious route to employment and immigration in the US. Inquiring students and professionals knew about it, discussed it in immigration forums, and warned others about it. “

“as long as students can pay thousands of dollars up front in the form of various 'fees.' More pertinently, these colleges dubiously facilitate Optional Practical Training(OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT), the two routes to employment at the end of the college degree, from the first day of enrollment.“

“Under current US law, students cannot take only online courses while on an F-1 status, a scam TVU managed to perpetrate.”

"Has any one got any experience with Tri-Valley University?" inquired one person on an immigration forum. He had heard they offer "hassle free admission, gre, gmat not mandatory, tofel (sic) is pretty much the only requirement low semester fee, OPT, CPT from the day the course starts. no tests, no mandatory online classes, a perfect way to bypass the visa process!"

“The growing sense among officials and even the Indian community is that many students knew what they were getting into but still risked it. "They know what the rules are - problem is, some of them work within the Indian mentality that the rules are made to be avoided and that the government is a nuisance, not a power to be reckoned with," Nandita Ruchandani, a New York-area immigration attorney who has dealt with such cases.”

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