Distance Education Disclosures

The institution must make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution's accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint. See 34 C.F.R. §668.43.

State Authorization of Distance Education Programs

Vermont Law School has been approved by the State of Vermont 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. National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

For further information regarding SARA please visit www.nc-sara.org

For a listing of all current participating SARA states and regional compact office please click to view:

http://www.nc-sara.org/content/sara-state-status

If a student residing in another SARA state has a complaint about an institution operating under SARA, does the complaint go directly to SARA?

Pursuant to the SARA site:

"No, complaints go first through the institution's standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a student from a SARA state is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint may then be brought to the responsible state agency in the home state. (See contact information below). However, nothing precludes the state where the student is located from also working to help resolve the complaint. NCS 4(1).

 

NOTE: Although students may choose to work through their own state's SARA office for complaint resolution, the SARA office of the state where the provider is located is responsible for staffing the investigation and complaint resolution as needed. Students may not use SARA to complain about distance education courses offered inside the home state, only those offered across state lines."

State Portal Agency home state (Vermont) contact:

Ms. Cassandra Ryan
VT Agency of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: (802) 479-8545

States or Territories Not Participating In SARA:

If you are a student from a State that is not currently participating in the SARA initiative (see below) and you wish to file a complaint, you should first go through the institution's standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If, however, you are not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process please use these additional resources.

American Samoa

  • Vermont Law School is not regulated in American Samoa. We do not currently accept students from the American Samoa.

California

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of California.

Connecticut

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under Sections 10a-34-23 and 10a -34-24 of the Connecticut Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Education. Vermont Law School meets the requirements of Section 10a-34-23. In addition, we are exempt from Section 10a-34-24 as we do not have a physical presence in the State of Connecticut, therefore the regulations do not apply.

Delaware

  • Delaware's regulations require approval by the DOE if an institution is incorporated in Delaware or has a physical presence. As such our institution is not incorporated in Delaware and we do not have a physical presence. Therefore Vermont Law School is exempt. However, we must report if a Delaware student receives Federal Financial Aid.

District of Columbia

  • The Education Licensure Commission has determined that Vermont Law School is exempt from state licensure in the District of Columbia.

Florida

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under 34 C.F.R. 600.9 (c) because the programs offered by the law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of Florida.

Guam

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization because our courses are offered exclusively through online and distance education and we do not have a physical presence in the territory. Therefore authorization is not required.

Hawaii

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization because our courses are offered exclusively through online and distance education and we do not have a physical presence in the State. Therefore authorization is not required.

Kentucky

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under 13 KAR 1:020 Section 1(8) (a)-(e) because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of Kentucky.

Massachusetts

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in Massachusetts because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and do not require any clinical, practicum, internship, externship, or shadowing experiences in Massachusetts and there are no student support services provided directly in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is undertaking the process of updating its regulations regarding the approval of such programs and courses. The new regulations are expected in Fall 2015.

New Jersey

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in New Jersey because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of New Jersey.

New York

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in New York because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of New York.

North Carolina

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in North Carolina because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of North Carolina. In addition, we do not require a practicum, clinical, student teaching, internship/externship, or field experience in North Carolina.

N. Marianas Islands

  • Vermont Law School is not regulated in the North Marianas Islands. We do not currently accept students from N. Marianas Islands.

Pennsylvania

  • Vermont Law School is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This is an annual registration and must be renewed each year. This registration is valid only if Vermont Law School maintains accreditation by an accrediting agency that is authorized by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It does not authorize the institution to establish or exercise a physical presence in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Education reserves the right to revoke this registration.

Puerto Rico

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from the Puerto Rico licensing jurisdiction since its operation as an institution of higher education occurs outside of Puerto Rico. The current exemption period is from February 8, 2016 through February 7, 2021.

South Carolina

  • Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in South Carolina because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the State of South Carolina. In addition we do not solicit in any form that targets South Carolina residents through distribution or advertising in the state.

Utah

  • Vermont Law School is registered and currently holds a Certificate of Postsecondary State Authorization with the State of Utah. We have met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. 13-34a-203 and we are legally authorized by the State of Utah to offer our distance learning programs. We must notify the Division in writing if there are any changes in circumstances otherwise there is no expiration date to our Certificate.

Virgin Islands

  • Vermont Law School is not regulated in the Virgin Islands. We do not currently accept students from Virgin Islands.

 

Vermont Attorney General
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: 802-828-3171

Vermont Law School Accrediting Agency
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100,
Burlington, MA 01803
Complaint Form

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