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Western Governors University will not face a fine of $ 700 million, say the federal

WASHINGTON – The Department of Education of the United States will not impose a fine of $ 713 million that the inspector general of the agency previously recommended against an online school.

Department officials said Friday that the Western Governors University will not face a fine or any other sanctions.

A 2017 audit conducted by the department's inspector general said that the Utah-based school was not eligible to receive federal education funding because its faculty did not have a "regular and substantial" interaction with students.

The school enrolls approximately 100,000 students who take courses online at their own pace. It was founded by 19 governors in 1997.

The Department of Education opposed the finding of the audit and said that the federal orientation was unclear during the period under review. Since then it has been updated.

Department officials say that the inspector general agrees with the final decision.

The school did not provide comments immediately.

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