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.
Registration of students from other states in online courses 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 Nash Community College who desire to resolve an academic grievance or complaint should first follow Nash Community College’s Student Complaint Process.
NC Community College System, Nash Community College, and NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedures Nash Community College (NCC) is a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The Complaint Policy is available for all students to review, however, students are advised to begin the process at the institutional level. Contact:
Vice President, Student Services
Office 2023, Building A
The Student and Public Grievance/Complaint Procedure can found in the NCC Catalog under the Student and Enrollment Services section on page 116.
NCC Student Complaint Process
Written student grievances should be sent to the Vice President of Student Services with the following information, if available:
- Name of the student accused of violating the student conduct
- Clear explanation of the nature of the incident
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses
- Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of those filing the
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 NC Post-Secondary Education Student Complaint Policy (PDF), print and complete NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Form (PDF), and submit the complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
UNC System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
For more information, call (919) 962-4550 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nash Community College’s accrediting agency. NCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission 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
SARA-NC Complaint Process
Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC. SARA-NC is the portal for North Carolina. 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
If you are considering a program at NCC that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that cooresponds to your desired program.
Department Chair, Nursing
Associate Degree Nursing
Practical Nursing Diploma
Coordinator, Nurse Aide
Nurse Aide I
Nurse Aide II
Ernestine H. Stephenson
Program Chair, Cosmetology
Nash Community College does NOT offer degree programs that lead to professional licensure or complete experiential learning placements in states other than NC at this time.
Students should contact Nash Community College directly regarding enrollment and licensure options for any programs of interest. To learn more about licensing in your state please contact the respective licensing board in the state where you reside before beginning the program.
Student Complaint Information by State and Agency (PDF)
Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contacts (PDF)