Florida Atlantic University (FAU) State Authorization Status
State Authorization of Distance Education is a requirement in all U.S. States. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state. To be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in a state, post-secondary educational institutions must receive such authorization. Florida Atlantic University and its online/distance educations programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states.

Florida Atlantic University’s goals are to deliver all of its online programs in every state. However, the complexity of requirements in some states, including differing requirements by academic programs, makes this impractical. FAU’s online courses and programs are approved in the following states. From the list below, please click on the state in which you currently reside and review its current status, including any special requirements for your academic program. If your state is not currently listed, please check back as the information changes often.

Alabama
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Alabama.
Alaska
Residents of Alaska – No restrictions.
Arizona
Residents of Arizona – No restrictions.
Arkansas
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Arkansas.
California
Residents of California – No restrictions.
Colorado
Residents of Colorado – No restrictions.
Connecticut
Residents of Connecticut – No restrictions.
Delaware

Residents of Delaware may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
District of Columbia
Residents of District of Columbia – No restrictions.
Georgia
Residents of Georgia – No restrictions.
Hawaii
Residents of Hawaii – No restrictions.
Idaho
Residents of Idaho – No restrictions.
Illinois
Residents of Illinois – No restrictions.
Indiana
Residents of Indiana – No restrictions.
Iowa

Residents of Iowa may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
Kansas
Residents of Kansas – No restrictions.
Kentucky
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Kentucky.
Louisiana
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Louisiana.
Maine
Residents of Maine – No restrictions.
Maryland
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Maryland.
Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
Michigan
Residents of Michigan – No restrictions.
Minnesota
Residents of Minnesota may not enroll in any Distance Learning programs at Florida Atlantic University.
Mississippi
Residents of Mississippi – No restrictions.
Missouri
Residents of Missouri – No restrictions.
Montana
Residents of Montana – No restrictions.
Nebraska
Residents of Nebraska – No restrictions.
Nevada

Residents of Nevada may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
New Hampshire

Residents of New Hampshire may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
New Jersey
Residents of New Jersey – No restrictions.
New Mexico
Residents of New Mexico – No restrictions.
New York
FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of New York.
North Carolina

Residents of North Carolina may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
North Dakota
Residents of North Dakota – No restrictions.
Ohio

Residents of Ohio may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
Oklahoma
Residents of Oklahoma – No restrictions.
Oregon

FAU is not authorized to offer distance learning courses/programs in the state of Oregon.

Pennsylvania
Residents of Pennsylvania – No restrictions.
Rhode Island
Residents of Rhode Island – No restrictions.
South Carolina
Residents of South Carolina – No restrictions.
South Dakota
Residents of South Dakota – No restrictions.
Tennessee

Residents of Tennessee may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
Texas
Residents of Texas – No restrictions.
Utah
Residents of Utah – No restrictions.
Vermont
Residents of Vermont – No restrictions.
Virginia
Residents of Virginia – No restrictions.
Washington

Residents of Washington may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
West Virginia

Residents of West Virginia may enroll in all Distance Learning programs and courses with the exception of the following nursing programs:

  • RN-BSN
  • Masters of Nursing Administration and Leadership
  • Masters in Holistic Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nurse Leadership
Wisconsin
Residents of Wisconsin – No restrictions.
Wyoming
Residents of Wyoming – No restrictions.

Complaint Resolution

FAU has developed procedures for purposes of responding to and resolving grievances.  Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed by institutional regulations and policies, which include the following:

FAU Regulation 4.002 – Student Academic Grievance Procedures for Grade Reviews:
http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter4/4.002_Student_Academic_Grievance_Procedures_for_Grade_Reviews.pdf

FAU Regulation 4.001 – Code of Academic Integrity:
http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter4/4.001_Code_of_Academic_Integrity.pdf

FAU Regulation 4.007 – Student Code of Conduct:
http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter4/REGULATION%204%20007_6%2023%2015%20Clean%20Copy%20rev%2012.16.pdf

FAU policies and procedures related to the prohibition of unlawful discrimination or harassment include the following: FAU Regulation 5.010 – Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment:
http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter5/Reg%205.010%206-2015.pdf

University Policy 1.15 – Prohibited Sexual Conduct:
http://www.fau.edu/policies/files/1.15%20Prohibited%20Sexual%20Conduct.pdf

Additionally, the FAU Office of the Ombuds works to solve problems, to allay frustration, and to advise those requesting help, either before or after existing processes are used.  Information about the University Ombuds is available at http://www.fau.edu/ombuds/.  Additional information on academic policies and regulations is available in the University Catalog at http://www.fau.edu/academic/registrar/FAUcatalog/academics.php, and all University Regulations and Policies can be accessed at http://www.fau.edu/policies/policiesregulations.php.

Students who have a complaint about their educational experience at FAU that is not resolved through internal University procedures may contact the following agencies for assistance:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf

State University System of Florida
Board of Governors
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
www.flbog.edu/contact/_doc/ComplaintFormRevisedFinal.pdf

Office for Civil Rights – Atlanta Office
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
Atlanta, Georgia  30303-8927
Telephone: 404-974-9406
Fax: 404-974-9471; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

Distance Education students, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non‐instructional complaints to the FL‐SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL‐SARA Complaint Process page.

Complaint Resolution Contacts by State

FAU students residing outside the State of Florida who desire to resolve a grievance are encouraged to follow the University’s Student Grievance Process.

If an issue cannot be resolved internally, a complaint may be filed with the State of Florida University SystemFAU’s accrediting agency, FAU’s accreditation agency, or the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student’s state. Out of state Distance Learning students needing further resolution, use the following PDF to find your  home state agency:

Student Complaint by State and Agency form

Florida Atlantic University Accreditation

Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges,1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels, including the Doctor of Medicine. Information regarding SACS’ complaint process can be found on the SACS website under Complaint Procedures.

Florida Atlantic University participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. Electronic Campus Logo, EC

Helpful Resources and Information:

Contact Us:

Phone: (855) 903-8575  FAX: (561)297-4851
eMailelearning@fau.edu
Center for eLearning, IS4, Rm 209
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33431