State Authorization

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State Authorization

State Authorization, which is included in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (amended 2010), requires educational institutions to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Every state is different and can have different educational requirements for courses and programs designed to meet professional licensure or certification. This is important to know when considering registering for out-of-state courses or if planning to seek employment in another state.

Distance Learning Complaint Process for In-State and Out-of-State Students

Halifax Community College Complaint Procedure

Student Grievance Page.

In-State Students On campus and Distance Learning Complaint Process

Halifax Community College is committed to mutual respect among all constituents. The College is committed at all levels to a fair and reasonable resolution of issues through a formal grievance process guided by the information and documentation provided in the process. These procedures assure that all matters relating to present and prospective students will be handled fairly and equally without regard to race, color, sex, age, political affiliation, religion, disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

The grievance procedures described below apply to academic and non-academic student grievances. Student who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College’s Student Grievance Procedure in the Student Handbook. These forms are also located in the offices of the Dean of Student Services and Dean of Curriculum Programs.

However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with the State of North Carolina

Out-of-State Students On campus and Distance Learning Complaint Process

Halifax Community College is committed to mutual respect among all constituents. We are at all levels committed to a fair and reasonable resolution of issues through a formal grievance process guided by the information and documentation provided in the student grievance process.

Students residing outside of the State of North Carolina while attending HCC who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College’s Student Grievance Procedure in the Student Handbook. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State. The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.

Halifax Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Barbara Hasty, VP of Enrollment Management & Student Services
PO Drawer 809
100 College Drive
Weldon, NC 27890
Phone: 252-536-6386
Email: bhasty@halifaxcc.edu

Student Grievance Process & Form

NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedure

If an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your state of residence. The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency website provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.

In North Carolina, the University of North Carolina System Office (UNC-System Office) is the agency that handles such complaints.

Please review the Student Complaint Policy (PDF), and complete the online Student Complaint Form and submit the complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: 919-962-4558
Website: www.northcarolina.edu/post-secondary-education-complaints/
Email: studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu

SACSCOC Complaint Procedure

HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. You may file a complaint with the accrediting body only if there is evidence that appears to support significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC requirement or standard by HCC. When filing a complaint to SACSCOC, please follow the guidelines listed in the ‚ÄúProcedures for Filing a Complaint against an Institution‚ÄĚ of the SACSCOC Complaint Procedure.

The contact information is:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
404-679-4500
www.sacscoc.org

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement ‚Äď North Carolina (SARA NC)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states and districts that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA-NC is the portal for the state of North Carolina. The primary objectives of SARA NC are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students.

If an issue cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you may file a complaint with SARA-NC the authorizing agency for North Carolina on the SARA-NC complaint website and Complaint Form.

NCSEAA
c/o SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27629
www.saranc.org
E-Mail: information@saranc.org
855-SARA1NC, toll free
855-727-2162, toll free
919-248-6667, fax

Licensure and Certification Programs

Some programs at Halifax Community College are designed to lead to a professional license and/or certification. Beginning July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements, or has not yet been determined for each state.

Any out-of-state student planning to seek professional licensure or certification in their planned state of employment, should visit our Professional Licensure and Certification page to determine who to contact and whether or not our curriculum will meet their state’s requirements.

Additional Resources

NC Business & Occupational License Database
NC-SARA Professional Licensure Directory
U.S. Department of Education Professional Licensure by State

Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Halifax Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.