State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment. Prospective students should check this site often for updates.
Florida is a member of the national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) compact. SARA establishes standards for distance learning for all participating states and institutions. The Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA) agency has been established to authorize and regulate Florida institutions. The University of North Florida has been approved by FL-SARA to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
State Authorization Status
Guidelines for Prospective Students. The University of North Florida seeks to deliver all of our fully online programs in every state. As an institutional participant in SARA, UNF can offer distance education in states and districts that participate in SARA. Specific questions about UNF State Authorization of Distance Education can be directed to UNFonline@unf.edu.
The University of North Florida (UNF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award 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 the University of North Florida. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard. To file a complaint with SACSCOC, download the SACSCOC complaint procedures document. Other inquires on institutional accreditation should be directed to the UNF SACSCOC Liaison.
For information regarding the Florida Board of
Governors (FL-BOG), please visit the BOG website, the BOG Distance Learning page, or the Florida Board of Governors Contact Information page.
Important Note for Prospective Students: Compliance with NC-SARA Does Not provide authorization or approval for the University of North Florida to offer online programs that lead to a professional license or certification (nursing, education, etc.) to students residing in states other than Florida. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure UNF is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of Florida.
Currently, UNF cannot confirm whether a particular UNF program meets requirements for professional licensure or certification outside the State of Florida. We are beginning the process of coordinating with state licensing boards. If you are seeking admittance to a program whose licensure is not yet confirmed or cannot be confirmed in your state, UNF will send you an email notification and information for the Point of Contact for your academic program of interest and the licensure board in your state. Once licensure confirmation is received from a specific board in a state, it will be clearly listed by state on our website.
Distance Learning Complaint Process / Consumer Information
The University has a process for, and will make every
attempt to resolve, student complaints within its academic and administrative
departments at the program level. If an issue cannot be resolved at the program
level, students can contact the Office of the Student Ombuds for assistance.
The following links will assist you in navigating resources for resolving any complaints or concerns you may have about your UNF academic program.
The University of North Florida is required to provide both
current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints
with its accrediting body and the appropriate state agency for handling
complaints in a student's resident state. For a list of agencies that handle complaints in your state, visit our State Listing page. Additionally, the University maintains a Consumer Information disclosure
page to provide consumer information to prospective and enrolled students and
Consumer Complaints (FL-SARA PRDEC Council)
As a participating
institution in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and under
the provisions of SARA, complaints that arise in regard to allegations of
dishonest or fraudulent activity with regard to interstate distance education are investigated by the Florida SARA (FL-SARA)
portal entity. Distance Education students from SARA states, who have completed
the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance
process, may appeal non‐instructional complaints to the FL‐SARA Postsecondary
Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating (PRDEC) Council pursuant to BOG Regulation 4.001. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit
the FL‐SARA Complaint Process page.
Residents of Massachusetts or California: If you have a
complaint about the administration of a UNF distance learning program, contact
the appropriate authority in your state of residence by selecting the link of
your state above.
& Appeals Policy (2.0990P)
The University has established this policy to ensure that
adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints are in place,
students are informed of these procedures, and procedures are followed when
resolving student complaints.
Fraud & Related
Wrongful Acts Policy (1.0110P)
The University has established this policy to ensure that
adequate procedures for reporting fraudulent or wrongful acts are in place in
accordance with BOG Regulation 4.001.