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State Authorization

Institutional Accreditation

Student Complaint Process

The University of North Florida is required to disclose information about its institutional compliance with state laws and regulations for delivering distance education programs outside of Florida. This page provides both current and prospective students with

  • information about UNF's authority to operate in other states (also known as state authorization)
  • information about UNF's accreditation
  • information about the process to file a complaint.

Important disclosures about academic programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification outside the state of Florida can be found on the Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosure Information page.


For a list of UNF’s distance learning programs, visit the UNF Online Programs Page.

State Authorization

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The University of North Florida is a participating institution in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the Florida State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (FL-SARA).


NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. NC-SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To comply with NC-SARA requirements, UNF collects data regarding student location at the time of initial registration and when a student submits an online request to change his/her primary physical location.


As a participating NC-SARA institution, UNF is authorized to provide educational opportunities, including online classes and programs, continuing education opportunities, field trip experiences, and “experiential” activities to students located in 49 SARA member states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.


Residents of California: California does not participate in the national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education does not regulate out-of-state public institutions. Therefore, Bureau approval for UNF to offer educational activities in California is not required. Students located in California may participate in UNF’s distance education offerings. As a resident of a non-SARA state, if you have a complaint about the administration of a UNF distance learning program, contact the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.

Institutional Accreditation

The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Complaint Process

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. Visit the Student Complaints and Appeals webpage for information and procedures for resolving complaints.


Distance Education students from NC-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 from the “FL-SARA Complaints” tab on the Student Complaints and Appeals webpage.


Additionally, the University maintains a Consumer Information disclosure page to provide consumer information to prospective and enrolled students and their families.