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    South University
   
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II

Accreditation


 Accreditation

 

Regional Accreditation

South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

Program Accreditation

Anesthesiologist Assistant

The Anesthesiologist Assistant program at South University, Savannah is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistants (ARC-AA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, (25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350).

Business

The following business programs at South University, Savannah, the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org). Other programs in the College of Business are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Associate of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, , Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, , Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs at South University’s campuses in West Palm Beach, FL Savannah, GA, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, and Virginia Beach, VA, are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone (703)-535-5990.)

Legal/Paralegal Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies programs at South University’s campuses in Columbia, SC; Montgomery, AL; Savannah, GA (including the partially online program); and West Palm Beach, FL, are approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598; 312-988-5522; 800-285-2221.

Medical Assisting

The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting programs at South University’s campuses in Savannah, GA; Montgomery, AL; and Columbia, SC, are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.

Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing specializations, RN to Master of Science in Nursing specialization programs, post Graduate Certificates and doctor of Nursing Practice at South University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530; Washington, DC 20036-1120; 202-887-6791; www.aacn.nche.edu).

South University, Montgomery, is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PO Box 303900; Montgomery, AL 36130-3900; 800-656-5318; www.abn.alabama.gov).

South University, Tampa, and South University, West Palm Beach, are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-02; Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252; 850-488-0595; www.floridanursing.gov.)

South University, Novi, is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PO Box 30193; Lansing, MI 48909; 517-335-0918; www.michigan.gov/healthlicense).

South University, High Point is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PO Box 2129; Raleigh, NC 27602; 919-782-3211; www.ncbon.com).

South University is recognized by the North Dakota Board of Nursing to offer student clinical placement within selected healthcare institutions/agencies within North Dakota. (919 South Seventh St, Suite 504; Bismarck, ND 58504-5881; 701-328-9782; www.ndbon.org).

South University, Cleveland, is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (17 South High Street, Suite 400; Columbus, OH 43215-7410; 614-466-3947; www.nursing.ohio.gov).

South University, Columbia, is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PO Box 12367; Columbia, SC 29211; 803-896-4550; www.llronline.com/POL/Nursing).

South University, Austin is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (333 Guadalupe St, Suite 3-460; Austin, TX 78701; 512-305-7400; www.bon.texas.gov).

South University, Richmond, and South University, Virginia Beach, are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Perimeter Center; 9960 Maryland Dr, Suite 300; Henrico, VA 23233-1463; 804-367-4515; www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/default.htm).

South University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for RN to MSN (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner) and MSN (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner). For more information, please go to the Nursing Commission website at: www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx.

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has approved South University to offer the RN to BSN and MSN degrees through distance delivery (1123 S University Ave, Suite 800; University Tower Building; Little Rock, AR 72204; 501-686-2700; www.arsbn.arkansas.gov).

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Columbia, West Palm Beach and Tampa campuses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. http://www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Effective April 1, 2017, ACOTE changed the accreditation status of the Associate of Science degree offered by the OTA Program on the South University-West Palm Beach campus to Probationary Accreditation for noncompliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 (certification exam pass rate). The program remains accredited; ACOTE has requested that the OTA Program submit a Progress Report based on the Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 within the mandated time period for correction, by April 2018.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Richmond and Virginia Beach campuses have applied for accreditation and have been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The web address for NBCOT is www.nbcot.org. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

South University, Richmond and South University, Virginia Beach

The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered by South University, Richmond and South University, Virginia Beach are in the process of obtaining programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (“ACOTE”). Graduation from an ACOTE accredited program is a requirement to be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia. Until the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered by South University, Richmond and South University, Virginia Beach achieve accreditation, graduates will not be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia.

Pharmacy

South University’s Doctor of Pharmacy programs at the campuses in Savannah, GA, and Columbia, SC, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500; Chicago, IL 60602-5109; 312-664-3575; www.acpe-accredit.org.

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant Programs at South University’s campuses in Austin, TX; Cleveland, OH; High Point, NC; Montgomery, AL; Novi, MI; Richmond, VA; Savannah, GA; Tampa, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; and West Palm Beach, FL are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

 

Effective November 11, 2015, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Columbia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

South University, Columbia

The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered by South University, Columbia is in the process of obtaining programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (“CAPTE”). Graduation from a CAPTE accredited program is a requirement to be eligible for licensure in the state of South Carolina. Until the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered by South University, Columbia achieves accreditation, graduates will not be eligible for licensure in the state of South Carolina.

Physician Assistant

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the South University, Savannah Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC¬ PA) has granted Accreditation Continued to the South University, Tampa Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2017.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC¬ PA) has granted Accreditation Provisional to the South University, Richmond Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class

South University, West Palm Beach have applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). South University, West Palm Beach anticipates matriculating its first class in April 2017, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

There is no guarantee the Program will receive Accreditation-Provisional status. Should the program not gain accreditation, the class anticipated to matriculate in April 2017 will receive a full refund of any deposit, fee or tuition payment paid to South University, West Palm Beach.

 

State Certifications, Licenses and Veterans Affairs Statements

In addition to accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and specific program accreditations, South University holds the following state approvals, authorizations, certifications, and licenses:

Alabama

South University, Montgomery, qualifies for exemption from the requirements of licensure by the Department of Postsecondary Education in the State of Alabama pursuant to the Code of Alabama §§ 16-46-3(a)(7), as amended. An exemption pursuant to this section shall not be construed to constitute approval or endorsement by the state of Alabama for any purpose (135 S Union St; Montgomery, AL 36104-4340 or PO Box 302130; Montgomery, AL 36130-2130; 334-293-4500; www.accs.cc).

South University, Montgomery, is by the Alabama State Approving for the training of veterans and other eligible persons under the Code of Alabama §§ 31-6-1, et seq.

Alaska

South University is exempt from authorization by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (PO Box 110505; Juneau, AK 99811-0505; 907-465-6741; www.acpe.alaska.gov) under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the program is online or distance delivered and does not have a physical presence in the state.

Arizona

South University is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (1400 West Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 1.602.542.5709, https://ppse.az.gov/).

Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education, Higher Education Coordinating Board (423 Main Street, Suite 400,; Little Rock, AR 72201; 501-371-2000; www.adhe.edu) has granted South University certification of the following degree programs by distance technology: Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.

The Art Institute of Dallas has met the requirements of Arkansas Code 6-51-601 et.al., and is licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education (501 Woodlane, Suite 312 South; Little Rock, AR 72201; 501-683-8000; www.sbpce.org).

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has approved South University to offer the RN to BSN and MSN degrees through distance delivery (1123 S University Ave, Suite 800; University Tower Building; Little Rock, AR 72204; 501-686-2700; www.arsbn.arkansas.gov).

California

Without a physical presence in California, South University is not required to seek approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 (www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/ppe_act.shtml).

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss.  Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Fund STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school.  Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before the closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery.  If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

Colorado

Without a physical presence in Colorado, South University does not qualify for authorization from the Department of Higher Education (1560 Broadway, Suite 1600; Denver, CO 80202; 303-866-2723; www.highered.colorado.gov).

Connecticut

Without a physical presence in Connecticut, South University is not regulated by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education (61 Woodland St; Hartford, CT 06105-2326; 860-947-1822; www.ctohe.org).

Delaware

South University has been granted full approval to operate with degree-granting authority in the State of Delaware Department of Education (Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901-3639; 302-735-4000; www.doe.k12.de.us)

District of Columbia

South University is not required to seek licensure from the Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia (810 First Street NE, 2nd Floor; Washington, DC 20002; 202-724-2095; www.osse.dc.gov).

Florida

Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.

South University, Tampa, is approved for training veterans and other eligible individuals by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Bureau of State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, Training (9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214; Bay Pines, FL 33744; 727-319-7402; www.floridavets.org).

South University, West Palm Beach, is approved for training veterans and other eligible individuals by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Bureau of State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, Training (9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214; Bay Pines, FL 33744; 727-319-7402; www.floridavets.org).

Orlando

In recognition of our commitment to Florida’s “Protecting Our Children from Sexual Predators Act,” please be advised that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a sexual predator and sexual offender registry website, which can be located at https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do. The FDLE compiles and provides the information on that website for public access pursuant to Florida law. In addition, the FDLE Registration & Compliance Unit also maintains a toll-free number, 1-888-357-7332, which provides access to the same public information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this law, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs of South University, Tampa.

Tampa

In recognition of our commitment to Florida’s “Protecting Our Children from Sexual Predators Act,” please be advised that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a sexual predator and sexual offender registry website, which can be located at: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do. The FDLE compiles and provides the information on that website for public access pursuant to Florida law. In addition, the FDLE Registration & Compliance Unit also maintains a toll-free number, 1-888-357-7332, which provides access to the same public information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this law, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs.

West Palm Beach

In recognition of our commitment to Florida’s “Protecting Our Children from Sexual Predators Act,” please be advised that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a sexual predator and sexual offender registry website, which can be located at: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do. The FDLE compiles and provides the information on that website for public access pursuant to Florida law. In addition, the FDLE Registration & Compliance Unit also maintains a toll-free number, 1-888-357-7332, which provides access to the same public information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this law, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs.

Georgia

South University, Savannah, meets the criteria for an exemption from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission’s (NPEC 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305; 770-414-3300) regulations as outlined in O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.3(a)(14).

South University, Savannah, is approved for training veterans and other individuals by the State of Georgia Department of Veterans’ Services Education and Training Division (Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970; Atlanta, GA 30334-4800; 404-656-2306 or 404-656-2322).

Idaho

Without a physical presence in Idaho, South University has no requirement to register with the Idaho State Board of Education (650 West State St, Suite 307; PO Box 83720; Boise, ID 83720-0037; 208-334-2270; www.boardofed.idaho.gov).

Illinois

South University meets the description of an Institution with Limited Physical Presence in Illinois as defined under 23 Illinois Administrative Code Section 1030.10. As such, South University has been granted continuous approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (431 East Adams St, 2nd Floor; Springfield, IL 62701-1404; 217-782-2551; www.ibhe.org).

Indiana

South University is authorized by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206; 317-464-4400; www.che.in.gov) as an out-of-state institution with no physical presence in Indiana to enroll and offer online instruction or distance education to Indiana residents delivered from a campus in another state in accordance with Indiana Administrative Code IC 21-18.5-6-12..

Iowa

South University is a registered university with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to operate within the State of Iowa for the purpose of offering postsecondary educational programs to Iowa residents. (Iowa College Student Aid Commission; 430 East Grand Avenue, 3rd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50309; 887-272-4456; https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov).

Kansas

The Kansas Board of Regents has granted a Certificate of Approval that legally authorizes  South University to provide postsecondary education to  the State of Kansas (Kansas Board of Regents, Private Postsecondary Education Division; 1000 Southwest Jackson, Suite 520; Topeka, KS 66612-1368; 785-430-4240; www.kansasregents.org).

Kentucky

South University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601, 502-573-1555, http://cpe.ky.gov).

Louisiana

South University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana (PO Box 3677, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677; 225-342-4253; www.regents.la.gov). Licenses are renewed by The State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Maine

South University is exempt from the oversight of Maine law due to lack of physical presence in the State (23 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333-0023; 207-624-6600; www.maine.gov/doe/highered/index.html).

Maryland

South University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201; 410-767-3300; www.mhec.state.md.us)  per the requirements of the Education Article, Title 11, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR 13B.05.01 to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. The Commission’s registration of the University’s fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the University’s programs.

Michigan

South University, Novi, is authorized to operate a private college or university in the State of Michigan pursuant to 1931 PA 327, as amended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (PO Box 30018, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-373-1820).

South University, Novi, is approved for training veterans and other eligible individuals by the Michigan State Approving Agency, -(Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan; Victor Office Center; 201 North Washington Square; 5th Floor; Lansing, MI 48913; 517-335-5858; www.michigan.gov/bwt).

Minnesota

South University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education  (1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108-5227, 651-642-0567, www.ohe.state.mn.us) pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Montana

South University authorized by the Montana University System (2500 Broadway; PO Box 203201; Helena, MT 59620-3201; 406-444-0345; www.montana.edu) to offer post-secondary degree programs in the State of Montana.

Nevada

South University is licensed to operate by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education; 8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115, Las Vegas, Nevada 89123; 702-486-7330.

New Hampshire

South University has received administrative approval from the Higher Education Commission of the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Education-Division of Higher Education (101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301; 800-339-9900) to offer educational programs in accordance with the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules (POS 1008).

New Mexico

South University is registered with the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

New York

Without a physical presence in New York, South University is not required to apply for approval from the State Education Department, Office of Higher Education (5 North Mezzanine, Education Building; 89 Washington Ave; Albany, NY 12234; 518-474-2593; www.highered.nysed.gov).

North Carolina

South University, High Point is licensed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to offer degree programs under matters regulated by General Statute 116-15 (University of North Carolina General Administration, PO Box 2688; Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688; 919-962-4558; http://www.northcarolina.edu/).

South University, High Point, is approved for the training of veterans and eligible veterans’ dependents by the North Carolina State Approving Agency (120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 103; Raleigh, NC 27603-2434; phone: 919-733-7535).

North Dakota

South University has met the North Dakota University System’s requirements for ND Century Code 15-18.1-02.8 Exemptions. (10th Floor, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 215; Bismarck, ND 58505-0230; 701-328-2960; www.ndus.edu/system/).

Ohio

South University holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents.

South University meets the requirements of Chapter 3332 of the Ohio Revised Code and the standards, rules and regulations of the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. This certificate of registration grants approval to South to legally offer and solicit students for authorized postsecondary education programs in the State of Ohio (Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-2752).

South University, Cleveland is approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons by the State Approving Agency of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (.77 South High Street, 7th Floor; Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-466-9287; Fax: 614-387-7317; http://dvs.ohio.gov/VETERANS_EDUCATION/State_Approving_Agency).

Pennsylvania

Without a physical presence in Pennsylvania, South University is not required to apply for approval from the Department of Education (333 Market St; Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333; 717-787-4448; www.education.state.pa.us).

Puerto Rico

According to Section 9.4 of the Reglamento para el Licenciamiento do Instituciones de Educación Superior en Puerto Rico, No. 8265, 2012 (regulations for licensing higher education institutions in Puerto Rico), the Licensing and Accrediting Area of the Puerto Rico Council on Education (PO Box 19900, San Juan, PR 00910-1900; 787-641-7100; www.ce.pr.gov) has certified that South University is exempt from the Puerto Rico licensing jurisdiction since its operation as an institution of higher education occurs outside of Puerto Rico.

South Carolina

South University, Columbia is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, (1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-737-2260, www.che.sc.gov) as a nonpublic postsecondary institution. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

South University, Columbia, is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (Veterans Education and Training section) for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

Tennessee

Without a physical presence in Tennessee, South University is not required to apply for approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (404 James Robertson Pkwy, Suite 1900; Nashville, TN 37243; 615-741-3605; www.tn.gov/thec).

Texas

South University, Austin is exempted by the Texas Workforce Commission under Texas Education Code, Section 132.002(a)(6). Exemption means that this campus is not approved or regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission (101 E 15 St; Austin, TX 78778-0001; 512-463-2222; www.texasworkforce.org).

South University, Austin and South University, Online Programs each hold the Certificates of Authorization acknowledging exemption from the regulation by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as defined in Chapter 7.3 of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s rules (PO Box 12788; Austin, TX 78711 or 1200 E. Anderson Lane; Austin, TX 78752; 512-427- 6200;www.thecb.state.tx.us).

South University, Austin, is approved for training veterans and other individuals by the Texas Veterans Commission (PO Box 12277, Austin, TX 78711-2277; 800-252-8387; www.tvc.state.tx.us).

Utah

South University holds a Certificate of Postsecondary State Authorization from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (160 East 300 South, Second Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; 801.530.6601).  This Certificate of State Authorization verifies that the school has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. §13-34a-204 to be a registered postsecondary school required under 34 C.F.R. 600.9 to be legally authorized by the State of Utah.

Vermont

Without a physical presence in Vermont, South University is not required to seek approval from the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont State Board of Education (120 State Street; Montpelier, VT 05620-2501; 802-828-3135; www.education.vermont.gov).

Virginia

South University, Richmond, and South University, Virginia Beach, are certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 23, Chapter 21.1, §23-276.4 of the Code of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th St; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2600; www.schev.edu).

South University, Richmond, and South University, Virginia Beach are approved for training veterans and other eligible individuals by the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; Veterans Education,Training and Employment (101 North 14th Street, 17th Floor; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2083; https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/).

Washington

South University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes South University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

West Virginia

South University is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (1018 Kanawha Blvd East, Suite 700; Charleston, WV 25301; 304-558-2101; www.hepc.wvnet.edu).

Wisconsin

South University has been approved and is legally authorized to do business in the state of Wisconsin by the Educational Approval Board as a private postsecondary school, subject to the provisions of §38.50 Wisconsin Statutes, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes. Approval includes on those programs and those locations specifically approved by the Board (431 Charmany Drive, Suite 102; Madison, WI 53719; 608-266-1996; http://eab.state.wi.us/).

Wyoming

South University is licensed by the Wyoming Department of Education as an accredited postsecondary private degree granting institution under Wyoming Statutes §§21-2-401 through 21-2-407 and in accordance with the Chapter 30 Rules and Regulations of the Wyoming Department of Education (Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050; 307-777-7675; https://edu.wyoming.gov).