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."