SACSCOC-related Policies and Procedures

Sweet Briar College Substantive Change Policy

Member institutions are required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion, and member institutions are required to notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes.

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. In addition to federally regulated substantive changes, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees has approved additional substantive changes that require notification and, in some cases, approval prior to implementation. This policy and its procedures address substantive changes identified through Federal regulations and Board approval.

In accordance with these requirements, Sweet Briar maintains the following:

Sweet Briar College Policy

SACSCOC Policies

Written Student Complaint Procedures

In accordance with SASCOC guidelines and Federal Requirement 4.5, Sweet Briar maintains adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures when resolving student complaints.

Please refer to the following for additional information:

Institutional Definition of a Credit Hour

As part of its review of an institution seeking initial or continuing accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) conducts reviews of an institution’s assignment of credit hours. An institution is responsible for determining the credit hours awarded for coursework in its programs in accordance with the definition of a credit hour for federal program purposes. The definition provides some flexibility for institutions in determining the appropriate amount of credit hours for student coursework. Sweet Briar College defines a credit hour and awards credit in accordance with the federal definition of a credit hour.

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