In protest against the abuses and murders carried out under the title of “doctor” I abandon herewith all my rights and legitimate use of this title as the name has been disgraced.
I was a Ph.D., Sequoia’s University and therefore a perfectly valid doctor under the laws of the state of California.
From the Anderson Report:
Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology
by Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C.
Published 1965 by the State of Victoria, Australia1
The Anderson Report
HUBBARD–THE FOUNDER OF SCIENTOLOGY
From 1930 to 1932 Hubbard was a student at the George Washington University where he claims to have studied engineering and to have been one of the first men to have studied nuclear physics. He has claimed, or allowed the claim to be made and repeated frequently without denial by him, that he is a graduate of that University in civil engineering, and he uses, and allows to be used in relation to himself, the letters “B.S.” and “C.E.”, intending to convey the impression that he has so graduated. In fact, he has no such qualification. He claims other academic distinctions also – “many degrees” it is said – but the only “university” degree which is identified is that of Doctor of Philosophy at the Sequoia University, Southern California. The Board caused inquiries to be made as to the identity of this university and was informed by the Australian Consul-General in San Francisco that the Sequoia University was a privately endowed institution which was not accredited, that is, not registered with the Western Association of Schools and colleges, which is the accrediting body for the west coast of America.
This somewhat suspect degree and a self-bestowed doctorate of scientology enable Hubbard to describe himself and be described as “Doctor” Hubbard. Though he writes extensively on medical matters, there is no basis for regarding him as a doctor in the medical sense.
Anderson, K. V., Q.C., (1965). Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology. (Published by the State of Victoria, Australia). Retrieved on 20 March 2010 from http://www.xenu.net/archive/audit/ar06.html
Germane to funds, I am recently in receipt of material from George Seidler suggesting an alternative in certifications and carrying with it the news that Sequoia University1 would like to authorize associates to give certain courses. With all due respect to Sequoia University and the project, I have to hand legal opinion that this protection will not stay the heavy threat when levelled. I think we have a better idea and I think Sequoia University has its role and will eventually be woven through the woof and warp of what we are doing. It happens that I have under preparation summaries of psychology, psychoanalysis and so forth which your certification fees are going to finance. Now just why a large portion of these certification fees should go to Sequoia University, I am not quite sure. I do know that if a large portion of them do go to Sequoia University, I will be strapped down financially in the preparation of this material and, believe me, material costs money. I estimate that the tapes you play cost about $800 an hour. That might be a shock to you, but it is a sober fact. It isn’t because I spend money like water, it’s because those tapes are made only after a great deal of outlay in terms of testing and in terms of organization and material; and, even then, it is very cheap investigation. If this condensation of general semantics, psychoanalysis, psychology, electronic brains, etc. were being done by Sequoia University, I could see some point in this.2 3
- Wikipedia: Sequoia University. “Sequoia University was an unaccredited higher education institution in Los Angeles, California which acquired a reputation as a prolific “degree mill” selling degree certificates. Although it was shut down in 1984 by a court order, it is most notable today as the institution from which L. Ron Hubbard obtained an honorary “Doctorate of Philosophy” in the 1950s.” ↩
- See also: Associate Newsletter Nos. 3, 5 and 6. ↩
- Hubbard, L. R. (May, 1953). Associate Newsletter No. 4. The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, (1991 ed. Vol. II, pp. 95-105). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc. ↩