State Authorization Status

 

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Kentucky is a SARA state.

Effective January 30, 2017 Eastern Kentucky University is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member. For more information on NC-SARA you may visit http://nc-sara.org/. Under the terms of SARA, EKU is operating in all other member states, also known as host states under the terms of SARA.

NOTICE FOR PROGRAMS LEADING TO LICENSURE

EKU cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state. The student is advised to contact their applicable licensings board(s) to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student lives.

A full list of all applicable state board contact information can be found at: http://ekuonline.eku.edu/state-authorization-status-0/state-authorization-status-contacts

Complaint Resolution Processes

 a. Complaints against an institution operating under SARA go first through the institution’s own procedures for resolution of grievances.

b. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and the laws of the SARA institution’s home state.

c. If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal entity in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged. That entity shall notify the SARA portal entity for the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint. The resolution of the complaint by the institution’s home state  SARA portal entity, through its SARA complaint resolution process, will be final, except for complaints that fall under the provisions of (g), below.

d. While the final resolution of the complaint rests with the SARA portal entity in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged, the portal entity in the complainant’s location state may assist as needed. The final disposition of a complaint resolved by the Home State shall be communicated to the portal entity in the state where the student lived at the time of the incident leading to the complaint, if known to the institution’s Home State.

e. While final resolution of complaints (for purposes of adjudication of the complaint and enforcement of any resultant remedies or redress) resides in certain cases with institutions (complaints about grades or student conduct violations), or more generally with the relevant institution’s home state SARA portal entity (all other complaints), the regional compact(s) administering SARA may consider a disputed complaint as a “case file” if concerns are raised against a participating state with regard to whether that state is abiding by SARA Policies and Standards. The regional compact may review such complaints in determining whether a state under its purview is abiding by the SARA standards. Similarly, a complaint “case file” may also be reviewed by NC-SARA in considering whether a regional compact is ensuring that its member states are abiding by the SARA standards required for their participation in the agreement.

f. SARA portal entities shall report quarterly to NC-SARA the number and disposition of complaints that are not resolved at the institutional level. Such data will create transparency and can be used in determining whether a regional compact is ensuring that its SARA member states and those states’ institutions are abiding by the standards required for participation in the agreement.

g. Nothing in SARA Policies and Standards precludes a state from using its laws of general application to pursue action against an institution that violates those laws.

4.6 Oversight of complaint investigation. Complaints handled under SARA must comply with procedures established in federal rules. Investigation of a SARA-related complaint against an institution requires that a state board, agency or entity outside the institution’s immediate management be available to handle complaints that are not resolved within the institution. A system board responsible for more than one separately accredited institution may serve this role under SARA provisions. A board responsible for only one accredited institution, or which lacks enforcement authority over an institution, cannot serve as the SARA external oversight agency for such an institution. In such circumstances, the institution’s home-state SARA portal entity may serve that function.

 

Alabama

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P – 12 school system(s). See www.alsde.edu

NURSING: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. See www.abn.alabama.gov

Alaska

SARA Member State

Arizona

SARA Member State

Arkansas

SARA Member State

California

Authorization status: Exempt

Colorado

SARA Member State

Not authorized to conduct clinical practicum in Colorado. Unpaid cooperative education experiences, internships, externships or field placements are prohibited. EKU encourages you to consult the online advisors for possible alternatives or if you have questions.

*EKU is not accepting graduate nursing students in Colorado at this time.

Connecticut

SARA Member State

Delaware

SARA Member State

District of Columbia

SARA Member State

Florida

Authorization status: Exempt

Georgia

SARA Member State

Hawaii

SARA Member State

Idaho

SARA Member State

Illinois

SARA Member State

Indiana

SARA Member State

Iowa

SARA Member State

 

Kansas

SARA Member State

Kentucky

SARA Member State

Louisiana

SARA Member State

*EKU is not accepting graduate nursing students in Louisiana at this time.

Maine

SARA Member State

Maryland

SARA Member State

Massachusetts

Authorization status: Exempt for 100% Fully Online Programs ONLY

*EKU is not accepting nursing or occupational therapy students in Massachusetts at this time.

Michigan

SARA Member State

Minnesota

SARA Member State

EKU is not accepting Nursing students in Minnesota at this time.

DEGREE STANDARDS:  The General Education Standards for EKU’s Associate of Art and Bachelor of Art degrees are different from Minnesota’s Degree Standards for General Education. In most circumstances Minnesota students should have enough elective courses to meet Minnesota’s Degree Standards but some students may be required to take additional courses to meet these standards. Minnesota students should review these degree standards at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=201

Mississippi

SARA Member State

Missouri

SARA Member State

Montana

SARA Member State

Nebraska

SARA Member State

Nevada

SARA Member State

New Hampshire

SARA Member State

New Jersey

SARA Member State

New Mexico

SARA Member State

New York

SARA Member State

Exempt to offer Doctorate of Nursing and MSN Nursing Administration ONLY. Not authorized to conduct any other cooperative education experiences in New York. EKU encourages you to consult the online advisors for possible alternatives or if you have questions.

*EKU is not accepting students to the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner or the MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs from New York.

North Carolina

SARA Member State

North Dakota

SARA Member State

Ohio

SARA Member State

Oklahoma

SARA Member State

Oregon

SARA Member State

Terms that are 17 weeks in length require a refund through week 9.
Terms that are 10 weeks in length require a refund through week 5
Terms that are 8 weeks in length require a refund through week 4.
Terns that are 5 weeks in length require a refund through week 3.
Terms that are 2 weeks in length require a refund through week 1.

Partial refunds will occur through the middle week of any given term, and prorated on a weekly basis as stipulated above.

*EKU is not accepting students to the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner or the MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs from Oregon.

Pennsylvania

SARA Member State

Rhode Island

SARA Member State

South Carolina

SARA Member State

South Dakota

SARA Member State

Tennessee

SARA Member State

EKU is not accepting Nursing students in Tennessee at this time. EKU encourages you to consult the online advisors for possible alternatives or if you have questions.

Texas

SARA Member State

Utah

SARA Member State

Vermont

SARA Member State

Virginia

SARA Member State

Washington

SARA Member State

*EKU is not accepting graduate nursing students in Washington at this time.

West Virginia

SARA Member State

Wisconsin

SARA Member State

Wyoming

SARA Member State

 

Distance Education Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students

Students enrolled in EKU online programs should attempt to resolve complaints by using the policies and procedures of the university (see the Student Handbook).   However, if the issue cannot be resolved internally, students can file a complaint about the institution by referring to the following list of State Agencies in compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations.

Refund Policy

No refund can be made on certain class fees and optional fees as established by the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents. Students wishing to withdraw from courses must do so online via EKUDirect (on the EKU home page at www.eku.edu).

When a student officially withdraws from the University or from any course or courses for which hourly rates apply, tuition and fees will be adjusted in the following manner:

Time Period*

During add/drop period for any class (for full semester classes = 1st week)

Refund

100%

From end of 1st week through end of 2nd week of class

75%

From end of 2nd week through end of 3rd week of class

50%

From end of 3rd week through end of 4th week of class

25%

After the 4th week of class

0%

*Partial semester courses vary in length and the percentage of refunds and the effective dates will be modified accordingly.

This policy applies to refundable fees only; non-refundable fees are not included. In no case shall a refund of rent be made to a person who remains a student but moves from University housing at his or convenience.

Withdrawl Information

All withdrawal information can be found at http://registrar.eku.edu/withdrawal-information