State Authorization & Student Complaint Process

Distance Learning Information for Out of State Students

ll U.S. states require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance, and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state. As such, Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) and its online/distance education programs/ courses must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states.
WPCC reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who is not a resident of North Carolina who seeks to enroll in any distance education course if the applicant resides in a state where the college is not authorized to provide distance education.

Distance Learning Complaint Procedures for In-State Students

Any student has the right of appeal on grievances resulting from any action taken by the college that affects a student’s academic standing or the student’s status within the academic program. The proper procedure for appeals is found on in the College Catalog.

Distance Learning Complaint Procedures for Out-of-State Students

Federal law requires that Western Piedmont Community College make available to prospective and enrolled students the process students should follow to file a complaint against an institution. WPCC desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. If an issue cannot be resolved internally, students may file a complaint with their state. The directory of state regulatory agencies provides the contact information and complaint procedure for each state. WPCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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