State Authorization

A State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions in a state other than the one where they reside. (Courtesy of NC-SARA)
 


 

As an institutional member of NC-SARA, Lees-McRae is authorized to deliver online programs in other NC-SARA member states.

Lees-McRae College is not authorized or has chosen not to seek authorization in: California, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Guam and America Samoa.

 
Student Grievance Procedures

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, Lees-McRae College, and all other colleges or universities that receive Title IV monies, is required to provide all prospective and current students with contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions.

 
Institutional Complaints

Students are encouraged to submit concerns following the institutional complaint process.

Institutional Complaint Procedure
Institutional Complaint Form

All complaints should be submitted by hard copy of the form to Provost Todd Lidh.

With questions, contact Dr. Lidh at lidht@lmc.edu or 828.898.8962.

 
SARA North Carolina Complaints

Students may also submit complaints to SARA North Carolina (SARA NC), a program of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, to:

Terrence R. Scarborough, M.P.A.
Director of SARA North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
919.248.4660
terrence@saranc.org

For more information, visit the SARA NC website.

SARA NC Complaint Procedure
SARA NC Complaint Form

 
NC Post-Secondary Education Complaints  

Students may also submit a complaint to the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Unit, the Licensure Division of the University of North Carolina General Administration. Submit complaints 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

NC Post-Secondary Complaint Procedure
NC Post-Secondary Complaint Form

 
SACSCOC Complaints

Lees-McRae College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With complaints, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500.

View the SACSCOC website
SACSCOC student complaint policy and procedures

 
NC-SARA Complaints

Per the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) guidelines, students not residing in North Carolina may also submit complaints to their appropriate state agency. 

Contact Information for State Agencies