State Authorization Compliance and Accreditation
Florida Atlantic University has been approved by the state of Florida and is an active member in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The reciprocity agreements allow for the open delivery of academic credit-earning activities in participating states, including academic field experiences such as internships or practicums.
Current authorized SARA member states include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all states except California. California is not a SARA state but currently has no state authorization restrictions for regionally accredited public institutions like Florida Atlantic University so therefore, we can offer all of our distance learning programs to residents of California.
- FAU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
- Accreditation: Florida Atlantic University
- The Baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- FAU Catalog Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- The College of Business is accredited member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- The accreditation is located at the bottom of the Business home page.
- The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and has Florida Department of Education approved programs.
- For more information,
- College of Education Accreditation
- The Baccalaureate degree programs in civil, computer, electrical, geomatics, and mechanical and ocean Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board Engineering and Technology (ABET). The baccalaureate program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
- For more information about the accreditation process visit Improvement and Assessment
FAU has developed procedures for purposes of responding to and resolving grievances. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed by institutional regulations and policies.
FAU has developed procedures for purposes of responding to and resolving grievances. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed by institutional regulations and policies, which include the following:
- FAU Regulation 4.002 – Student Academic Grievance Procedures for Grade Reviews
- FAU Regulation 4.001 – Code of Academic Integrity
- FAU Regulation 4.007 – Student Code of Conduct
- FAU policies and procedures related to the prohibition of unlawful discrimination or harassment include the following:
- Additionally, the FAU Office of the Ombuds works to solve problems, to allay frustration, and to advise those requesting help, either before or after existing processes are used. Information is available at the University Ombuds site . Additional information on academic policies and regulations is available in the University Catalog and can be accessed at University Regulations and Policies.
Students who have a complaint about their educational experience at FAU that is not resolved through internal University procedures may contact the following agencies for assistance:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
- Office for Civil Rights – Atlanta Office
S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8927
Fax: 404-974-9471; TDD: 877-521-2172
Distance learning students must first go through the FAU institutional complaint procedures. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, he/she may appeal the complaint to the Florida PRDEC Council by sending an email to FLSARAinfo@fldoe.org
- Complaint must be filed within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made.
- Complete the institutional complaint process prior to submission with the Council.
- Complaint must be a formal assertion in writing that the terms of SARA, or laws, standards or regulations incorporated by SARA, are being violated by a person, institution, state, agency or other organization or entity operating under the terms of SARA.
- You must be a student of an FL-SARA approved institution.
- If you are not a student, but have a concern about any of the above, you may submit a complaint.
FAU students residing outside the State of Florida who desire to resolve a grievance are encouraged to follow the University’s Student Grievance Process . If an issue cannot be resolved internally, a complaint may be filed with the State of Florida University System , FAU’s accrediting agency , FAU’s accreditation agency , or the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student’s state.
For a specific list of states, please visit the Student Complaint Contact – State Agency page .