U-M Distance Education Disclosures

This page provides critical information concerning the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor’s (U-M) permissions to operate outside of the state of Michigan and the rights and protections afforded to students based on their location, including for students who participate in online learning from other states, territories, and countries.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The University’s full nondiscrimination policy as well as contact information for submitting inquiries and complaints concerning discrimination can be obtained here.

International Students

Students pursuing online degrees should note that some countries may not formally recognize foreign online degrees, which can have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with their home country’s government or other employers requiring specific credentials. Additionally, some countries may or may not require foreign higher education institutions to comply with distance education regulations. The University of Michigan does not represent or guarantee that its online degree programs are recognized in or meet requirements to comply with distance education regulations in the student’s country of residence, if it is outside the United States. It is therefore the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements surrounding whether this online degree will be recognized in the student’s country of residence, how the collection of student data may be used in said country, and whether the student will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition.

Blocked Countries. To comply with U.S. export control regulations, U-M does not currently offer online programs to individuals located in the following areas:

  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Crimea
  • Cuba
  • Syria
  • North Korea

Services offered by third parties may be unavailable to students participating from additional areas. Please review any notices published by the program you are interested in to learn more.  

Data Privacy and Protection. Personal information—whether volunteered, collected through automated processes (e.g., cookies operating on U-M websites), or retrieved from third-parties—will be processed in the United States. For students participating in U-M distance education programs from a European Union (EU) member state, please note that while the United States has not received a finding of “adequacy” under Article 45 of the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U-M has invested considerable resources into data privacy initiatives and has established significant safeguards for personal data transfers. Additional information regarding U-M’s data collection, processing, and sharing practices, as well as a description of the rights afforded to EU distance-education students, is available here. Individual programs may provide supplemental disclosures when their practices differ.

State Authorization

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U-M) is an accredited public institution that participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). This combination of factors authorizes U-M to enroll online students from all states and territories in the United States. This also means that otherwise eligible and qualifying students, whether participating in-state or out-of-state, can use federal financial aid to support tuition and fees associated with U-M online degrees and certificates. Additional, state-by-state information is provided below.

While programs that lead to professional licensure may be “authorized” in your home state, this does not guarantee that the program will also satisfy prerequisites for becoming licensed in the profession as defined by the applicable state licensing body in your state. The next section provides additional information regarding licensure.

Please also note that there may be consequences with regard to professional licensure eligibility for students who move to other states or territories while completing online programs. For programs leading to professional licensure, students are advised to determine whether their program will satisfy the academic prerequisites for professional licensure in a new state.

Licensure

Many professions in the United States are regulated by state agencies which require individuals to obtain a license or certification as a condition of employment. States differ as to which professions are regulated in this manner. Common categories include but are not limited to legal services, social services, architecture, engineering, education, accounting, and healthcare.

Please contact your department or school directly to request information about whether a specific state’s professional licensure requirements can be satisfied by completing the program you are interested or enrolled in and whether there may be additional requirements or costs involved. You are also encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing body in your state with any questions relating to professional licensure. CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a survey tool for locating regulatory bodies associated with licensed professions in each state. In addition, the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR) hosts contact information for many licensing boards categorized both by jurisdiction and by profession.

Complaints for Distance Education Students

The University of Michigan is fully committed to serving all students, whether participating in person or online. The Office of Student Conflict Resolution serves as a broad resource for those seeking consultation and mediation support as well as more formal resolution options when experiencing conflict. For complaints relating to harassment or discrimination, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity. For complaints relating to the institution’s policies and consumer protection issues, the University encourages students and prospective students to first contact personnel in the office, department, school, or college where the complaint originated. More information about the internal complaint processes U-M offers can be found in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Rackham Students. Rackham Graduate School has detailed these complaint procedures for its students. The full list of Rackham programs is available here.  

If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction after exhausting U-M’s internal review processes, your complaint may be eligible for external review by one or more agencies. These processes are detailed below.

Please note that student complaints relating to student grades or student misconduct will not be heard by any of the following agencies. Such complaints may be reviewed through the established U-M procedures detailed in the previous section. Allegations of fraud or other criminal misconduct against U-M can always be heard by the attorney general or other designated entities in a student’s home state.

Michigan Residents and SARA-Eligible, Out-of-State Complaints. Both Michigan residents and students located in a state or territory that has joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), as indicated in the state list provided below (marked with an asterisk*), may submit a complaint to Michigan’s Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL), which operates within Michigan’s SARA portal entity, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Additional information regarding complaint eligibility can be found in the CSCL complaint form linked above and starting on page 27 of the 2019 SARA Manual.

Additional Information for Out-of-State Students. If you do not live in Michigan or in another SARA state, or if the nature of the complaint does not fall within the scope of SARA, you may instead contact the relevant agency in your home state for additional support. This contact information is provided for you below.

Military. Active military service members, veterans, and family members of military service members or veterans may be eligible to submit a complaint for review to the Department of Defense (DoD).

Accreditation. U-M is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Complaints concerning broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding ability to meet accreditation standards, may be filed with the Higher Learning Commission.

Authorizations and Complaint Processes by State

Please choose your state from the list below to be directed to additional state authorization and complaint process information.  

Alabama*

Alaska*

American Samoa

Arizona*

Arkansas*

California

Colorado*

Connecticut*

Delaware*

District of Columbia*

Florida*

Georgia*

Guam

Hawaii*

Idaho*

Illinois*

Indiana*

Iowa*

Kansas*

Kentucky*

Louisiana*

Maine*

Maryland*

Massachusetts*

Michigan*

Minnesota*

Mississippi*

Missouri*

Montana*

Nebraska*

Nevada*

New Hampshire*

New Jersey*

New Mexico*

New York*

North Carolina*

North Dakota*

Ohio*

Oklahoma*

Oregon*

Pennsylvania*

Puerto Rico*

Rhode Island*

South Carolina*

South Dakota*

Tennessee*

Texas*

Utah*

Vermont*

Virginia*

U.S. Virgin Islands*

Washington*

West Virginia*

Wisconsin*

Wyoming*

*This state/district/territory has joined SARA, and the student should submit applicable, unresolved complaints to Michigan’s SARA Portal Entity.

 

Alabama*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Alabama through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Alaska*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Alaska through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

American Samoa

U-M, as an accredited public institution, is currently exempt from seeking authorization in American Samoa for its online programs and can therefore offer its online programs to individuals located in American Samoa. However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Arizona*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Alabama through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Arkansas*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Arkansas through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

California

U-M, as an accredited public institution, is currently exempt from seeking authorization in California for its online programs and can therefore offer its online programs to individuals located in California. However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Colorado*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Colorado through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Connecticut*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Connecticut through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Delaware*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Delaware through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

District of Columbia*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in the District of Columbia through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Florida*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Florida through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Georgia*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Georgia through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Guam

U-M, as an accredited public institution, is currently exempt from seeking authorization in Guam for its online programs and can therefore offer its online programs to individuals located in Guam. However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Hawaii*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Hawaii through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Idaho*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Idaho through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Illinois*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Illinois through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional

guidance.

Complaint process

 

Indiana*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Indiana through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Iowa*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Iowa through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Kansas*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Kansas through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Kentucky*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Kentucky through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Louisiana*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Louisiana through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Maine*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Maine through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Maryland*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Maryland through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Massachusetts*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Massachusetts through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Michigan*

U-M is a public university recognized under the Constitution of the State of Michigan. The Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), which coordinates activities among Michigan’s public universities, has separately approved each of U-M’s online programs.

Complaint process

 

Minnesota*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Minnesota through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Mississippi*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Mississippi through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Missouri*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Missouri through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Montana*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Montana through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Nebraska*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Nebraska through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Nevada*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Nevada through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

New Hampshire*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in New Hampshire through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

New Jersey*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in New Jersey through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

New Mexico*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in New Mexico through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

New York*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in New York through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

North Carolina*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in North Carolina through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

North Dakota*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in North Dakota through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Ohio*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Ohio through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Oklahoma*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Oklahoma through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Oregon*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Oregon through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Pennsylvania*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Pennsylvania through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Puerto Rico*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Puerto Rico through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Rhode Island*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Rhode Island through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

South Carolina*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in South Carolina through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

South Dakota*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in South Dakota through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Tennessee*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Tennessee through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Texas*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Texas through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Utah*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Utah through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Vermont*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Vermont through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Virginia*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Virginia through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

U.S. Virgin Islands*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in the U.S. Virgin Islands through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Washington*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Washington through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

West Virginia*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in West Virginia through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Wisconsin*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Wisconsin through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process

 

Wyoming*

U-M is authorized to offer its online programs to students in Wyoming through membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). However, certain in-person, on-the-ground program requirements, such as internships and field placements, may not be available. Please contact the department that administers the program you are interested in for additional guidance.

Complaint process