PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE

State Authorization


 

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. Institutions offering distance education courses or programs must provide current and prospective students with the contact information for filing complaints with the college, its accrediting agency, and with the state agencies that handle complaints in the students' state of residence.

Students may reference the NC-SARA website to verify that Pamlico Community College is authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in their state. Registration of students from states not included in NC-SARA may require additional time and information so please allow additional time for this process.

Students residing outside of the State of North Carolina while taking online courses from Pamlico Community College who desire to resolve an academic grievance or complaint should first follow Pamlico Community College's Student Complaint Process.


NC Community College System, Pamlico Community College, and NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedures


Pamlico Community College (PCC) is a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The NCCCS Complaint Policy is available for all students to review, however, students are advised to begin the process at the institutional level.

PCC Student Complaint Process

NCCCS Complaint Procedures and Forms

If a complaint cannot be resolved through the institution's complaint process, students may file a complaint with the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints unit. Please review the NC Post-Secondary Education Student Complaint Policy (PDF), print and complete the NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Form (PDF)and submit the complaint to:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints

c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints


SACSCOC Student Complaint Process


If for some reason the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the next step would be to file a complaint with Pamlico Community College's accrediting agency. PCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Students who file a complaint with the accrediting agency should follow the SACSCOC Complaint Procedure. The contact information for SACS is:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Telephone: 404-679-4500
Website: http://www.sacscoc.org


SARA-NC Complaint Process


Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC. SARA-NC is the portal for the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. Students should follow the SARA-NC Complaint Process and use the SARA-NC Complaint Form (PDF).

SARA-NC Contact Information:

SARA North Carolina
North Caroline State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
T: (855) SARA-1-NC (727-2162)
T: (919) 549-8614, ext. 4667
Website: www.saranc.org


Professional Licensure


If you are considering a program at Pamlico Community College that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the respective licensing board in the state where you reside before beginning the program. It is the student's responsibility to contact the licensing board in the state in which they reside or intend to practice.

PDF Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

PDF Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contacts

PDF Professional Licensing Board Disclaimer and Contacts (License/Licensure Information)

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