Redeemer University College is a private Christian liberal arts and science university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the rural community of Ancaster. Founded in 1982, Redeemer stands in the Reformed Tradition and offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Science degrees. The college opened in 1982 as 'Redeemer College', with 97 full-time and 63 part-time students. This number grew to about 250 for the 1985-86 academic year, the final year classes met in facilities rented from the Board of Education of the City of Hamilton. In 1985 the college purchased 78 acres (32 ha) of land in Ancaster, Ontario for the construction of a new campus. The college occupied the new facilities in August 1986, and welcomed 279 full-time students in September. In November, 1986, the college held its first graduation, with 40 students graduating. On June 25, 1998, the Ontario Government passed Bill Pr17, which granted Redeemer College the authority to offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Prior to that time, the college conferred a Bachelor of Christian Studies degree which was recognized by the AUCC (Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada) as comparable to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. As a university degree granting institution, Redeemer undergoes audits of its undergraduate program reviews, carried out under the auspices of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). In view of its status as an undergraduate university, the Ontario Legislature approved a change in institutional name to Redeemer University College on June 22, 2000 (Bill Pr19). On June 26, 2003 the Ontario Government passed Bill Pr14, granting Redeemer the authority to offer a Bachelor of Education degree to replace its B.C.Ed. degree. On December 10, 2003 the new teacher education (B.Ed.) program was granted initial accreditation by the Ontario College of Teachers, giving Redeemer the only provincially recognized Christian teacher education program (K-10) in Ontario. Redeemer University College's Arms and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on September 15, 2005. In 2013 they settled a class action lawsuit with about 450 families over the tax deductible donations the families made to the institution which the institution in turn lent to their children to pay tuition and would forgive the loan if the child completed the academic year. The Canadian government had ruled that the donations were ineligible for tax deduction since the donors had benefited and ordered payment of back taxes and interest from donors. In the settlement the institution gave back 10% of the donations and paid the legal costs of the families.