In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education implemented regulations that condition institutional eligibility for Title IV funding on compliance with state authorization requirements. These regulations require institutions that offer out-of-state academic activities (including practicum experiences, faculty teaching from another state, distance education, online education, marketing, advertising, etc.) to be authorized to do so by the states in which their students are located. UNC Charlotte is relieved from the obligation to obtain specific authorization to provide distance education in states outside of North Carolina by its membership in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement). This new policy:
- outlines the offices and personnel responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with laws, regulations, and agreements related to state authorization;
- establishes governance and communication structures necessary to maintain state authorization compliance; and
- empowers institutional bodies, offices, and/or personnel to expect cooperative assistance from other institutional bodies, offices, and/or personnel in order to comply with state authorization laws, regulations, and agreements.