It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence before enrolling in an online program.
Kansas is a member of SARA and WSU is an approved SARA institution (as of 01/14/2015). As such, we adhere to an established, common set of standards for offering post-secondary distance education among member states. The goal of SARA is to make it easier for students to access educational offerings in other states.
For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org
As an institution that participates in federal financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Wichita State University is required to comply with US Department of Education regulations regarding distance education. The regulations require institutions of higher education to obtain approval from the states in which they provide postsecondary education programs. The regulations allow authorization to come directly from a state or through a “state authorization reciprocity agreement.”
NC-SARA Member States:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Non-Participating SARA states are: California and Massachusetts.
For states not participating in SARA, Wichita State University is required to comply with that states’ laws regarding distance education and provide a summary of each state’s requirements to offer distance education to its residents. See the state-by-state summary here.
SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Students that reside outside the state of Kansas who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study.
WSU cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence.
Course and program availability varies by state. Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission.
If a student moves to a different state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in physical presence.
Whether military personnel stationed outside the state of Kansas may enroll or continue in a WSU distance education program or not is based on where military personnel are stationed.
Wichita State University is committed to student learning and development and a campus culture of respect and responsibility. We greatly value your student experience and urge all students (on-campus and online) to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. Please refer to this website for student expectations and student rights. http://www.wichita.edu/studentconduct
For out-of-state students who reside in SARA States, the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) has jurisdiction over Kansas SARA-approved institutions including Wichita State University in relation to non-instructional complaints.
For information on how to determine the appropriate complaint or grievance procedure for initiating a complaint against Wichita State University, please see the Distance Education/Complaint Information Page.
If grievances are not satisfactorily resolved after an internal attempt by the University, students who do not reside in a SARA state may file a complaint with an agency in the student’s state of residence. Click here to access a list of appropriate contacts from each state in which a student may file a complaint.
USCIS regulations allow students residing in the United States with an F-1 visa status to count one distance learning class towards their class requirement minimum. Distance learning courses are courses that do “...not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examinations or other purposes integral to completion of the class...” Because of these regulations, students residing in the U.S. with an F-1 visa are not eligible for online programs. If you have questions regarding this definition, please contact the Office of International Education 316-978-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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