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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMPLIANCE

Overview

Distance education has been an important part of Ohio University's program offerings for over 100 years. Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. The related regulations include:

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

What Ohio University is Doing

Ohio University is working to evaluate and comply with these changes and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

State Authorization for Distance Education

Due to higher education regulation changes, effective March 6, 2012, Ohio University is unable to accept new applications for admissions to distance programs and courses from students residing in Arkansas and Minnesota. Ohio University is authorized to serve incarcerated students in Arkansas and Minnesota if they are currently housed in a federal prison.

Ohio University is authorized or exempted from authorization in the green states in the map below for all distance programs, unless otherwise noted here.

INDIANA: This institution is authorized by:

The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984

MARYLAND: The Commission’s registration of the fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the institution’s programs.

Pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations 13B.05.01, the university's fully online programs will follow the Maryland refund policy. The minimum refund policy that shall be paid to a Maryland student who withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period is as follows:


Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term Completed
as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination

Tuition Refund

Less than 10%

90% refund

10% up to but not including 20%

80% refund

20% up to but not including 30%

60% refund

30% up to but not including 40%

40% refund

40% up to and including 60%

20% refund

More than 60%

No refund

TEXAS: Ohio University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

NURSING PROGRAMS: RN-to-BSN and MSN clinicals are in the process of being approved. The School of Nursing is accepting applications for the RN-to-BSN program from students who reside in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and for the MSN program, from students who reside in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. We are still in the process of verifying the nursing programs in other states because of the clinical component. Please check with your advisor for updates.

RELOCATION: Federal, state, and institutional policies may limit or prohibit Ohio University’s authorization for delivery of online education to certain locations. Students must contact eLearning at 1.888.551.6446 to discuss any change in their state of residence prior to relocation. Continued enrollment cannot be guaranteed.

Red = Not authorized
Blue = Authorization pending/have not yet applied
Green = Authorized or exempted from authorization

state map

Complaint Resolution at Ohio University

Ohio University strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. If an issue cannot be resolved by Ohio University’s internal processes, you may choose to file a complaint with your state of residence. Click HERE to see the complaint process for each state.

Complaint Resolution Structure

Academic Matters:
Students residing outside the State of Ohio while attending Ohio University who would like to file a complaint related to academic matters should follow the process outlined in the Student Handbook.

Discrimination and Equity Issues: All discrimination and equity issues should be filed with Institutional Equity.

Accreditation: Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Ohio Board of Regents has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Information on how to report a complaint to our accrediting association can be found on the NCA website.