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.

Edgecombe Community College is currently authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 Edgecombe Community College who desire to resolve an academic grievance or complaint should first follow Edgecombe Community College’s Student Complaint Process.

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

Edgecombe Community College (ECC) 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.

ECC Student Complaint Process

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
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
For more information, call (919) 962-4550 or send an email to: studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu.

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 Edgecombe Community College’s accrediting agency. ECC 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: 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 Edgecombe 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.

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency (PDF)

Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contacts (PDF)