Compliance & Disclosures

Overview

This page details important information for students enrolling in Fairfield University’s online and low-residency programs. This information does not apply to Fairfield campus-based students who enroll in an online class during their studies.

Relocation & Online Programs

Students who begin an online program while residing in a state in which Fairfield is authorized to offer online programs need to be aware that moving to a state in which the University is not authorized to offer that program may have negative consequences. While the University attempts to obtain authorization everywhere its students live, moving to a state in which the University is not authorized could result in the loss of eligibility for certain forms of financial aid and/or in the inability of the student to complete the academic program.

Professional Licensure Information

Licensure requirements for programs like the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) vary by state. All of the professional licensure programs offered at Fairfield University are designed to prepare students for a license in the state of Connecticut. Students who wish to practice in a state other than Connecticut may or may not have additional requirements to complete prior to applying for a license in the state of their choice.

Please review the state-specific disclosures for program-specific information and state contact information.

Criminal Background Checks

Online programs that require completion of practicum hours at an approved clinical site may also require criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and/or drug testing prior to clinical placement. Due to individual and/or state requirements for clinical placement approval, students with a criminal background or felony conviction may not be able to secure a practicum site. Failure to complete the required practicum/clinical hours would prevent successful program completion.

Individual state regulations may also prohibit those with a criminal background from obtaining a professional license or make students ineligible to sit for licensing or certification examinations.

Complaint Process

In accordance with SARA requirements, complaints should first be registered and addressed through standard Fairfield University procedures. These can be found under "Student Academic Grievance Procedure" in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Concerns related to non-discrimination and harassment should be addressed through the process described in the Student Handbook. If an issue cannot be resolved internally, the party may contact the NC-SARA Connecticut State Portal Entity:

Sean Seepersad, PhD
Academic Affairs and Student Services
Office of Higher Education
State of Connecticut
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
860.947.1837
SSeepersad@ctohe.org

Students enrolled in online programs may also contact their respective state department/agency for complaints about the University.

State-Specific Disclosures & Contact Information for Online Students

Alabama

https://www.accs.edu/about-accs/private-school-licensure/complaints/ 

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education Private School Licensure Division
P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 293-4651

Professional Board Licensure
Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by each states' licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.

Prospective Students
All students considering an academic program that leads to obtaining professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency within their state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Alaska

https://acpe.alaska.gov/ConsumerProtection

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
(907) 465-6741

Professional Board Licensure
Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by each states' licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.

Prospective Students
All students considering an academic program that leads to obtaining professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency within their state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Arizona

https://ppse.az.gov/complaint

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W. Washington Street Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-5709

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Arkansas

http://www.adhe.edu/students-parents/colleges-universites/student-grievance-form

Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 371-2000
ADHE_Info@adhe.edu

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

California

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/about_us/contact.shtml

California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(888) 370-7589
bppe.enforcement@dca.ca.gov

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Colorado

http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/

Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 862-3001

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boardsto find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Delaware

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/226

Delaware Higher Education Office
Townsend Building
401 Federal St #2
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 735-4120
dheo@doe.k12.de.us

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

District of Columbia

http://osse.dc.gov/service/education-licensure-commission-elc-public-complaints

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Education Licensure Commission
810 First Street, NE 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-6436

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Florida

http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml

Florida Commission on Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
1-888-224-6684
cieinfo@fldoe.org

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Georgia

https://gnpec.georgia.gov/webform/gnpec-student-complaint-form 

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 414-3300

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Hawaii

http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/student-complaint-process/

Hawaii State Board of Education
P.O. Box 2360
Honolulu Hawaii 96804
(808) 587-3222
Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Idaho

http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_col_univ/student_complaint.asp

Idaho State Board of Education
Attn: State Coordinator for Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools
650 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
(208) 332-1587

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Illinois

http://complaints.ibhe.org/

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
(217) 557-7359

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Indiana

http://www.in.gov/che/2744.htm

Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE)
Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
(317) 464-4400
complaints@che.in.gov

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Iowa

https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/StudentComplaintForm 

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
430 East Grand Ave., FL 3
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 725-3413

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boardsto find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Kansas

http://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/private_out_of_state/complaint_process

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-8388

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Kentucky

http://cpe.ky.gov/campuses/consumer_complaint.html

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr. #320
Frankfort, KY 40601-7512
(502) 573-1555
cpeconsumercomplaint@ky.gov

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Louisana

http://www.regents.la.gov/page/StudentComplaints

Louisiana Board of Regents
P.O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 342-4253

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Maine

http://www.maine.gov/education/contacts.htm

Maine Department of Education
Complaint Investigator
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
(207) 624-6644

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Maryland

http://mhec.maryland.gov/institutions_training/Pages/career/pcs/complaint.aspx

Maryland Department of Education
Associate Director for Private Career Schools
Planning and Academic Affairs
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
(800) 974-0203

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Institutions are subject to investigation of complaints by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General or the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/

State of Michigan
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Administrative Services Section-Complaint Intake
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Minnesota

http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1078

Registration & Licensing
Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
(800) 657-3866
info.ohe@state.mn.us

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Mississippi

http://www.mississippi.edu/contact

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
(601) 432-6647

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Missouri

http://dhe.mo.gov/contactus.php

Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
(800) 473-6757
info@dhe.mo.gov

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Montana

http://mus.edu/MUS-Statement-of-Complaint-Process.asp

Montana Board of Regents, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education
Montana University System
2500 E. Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
(406) 444-6570

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Nebraska

https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/student-complaints-against-postsecondary-institutions

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
(402) 471-2847

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

New Hampshire

http://education.nh.gov/highered/compliance-allegation.htm

New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3860
(603) 271-3494

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

New Jersey

http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/OSHEComplaintInstructions.shtml

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625
(800) 792-8670

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

New Mexico

http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/hed-student-complaint-form.aspx 

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2044 Galisteo St, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-8400
Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

North Dakota

http://www.nd.gov/cte/about/staff.html

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
State Capitol - 15th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610
(701) 328-3180

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Ohio

https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-6000

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Oklahoma

http://www.okhighered.org/state-system

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 225-9100

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Oregon

http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oda-doc/ODA Student Complaint Form.pdf

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
775 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 947-5716

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Pennsylvania

https://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/CollegeCareer/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 783-6788

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Rhode Island

http://www.ribghe.org/contact.htm

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Shepard Building
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 456-6000
ribghe@ribghe.org

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

South Carolina

http://www.che.sc.gov/AboutCHE/ContactUs/StaffContactInformation.aspx

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-2260

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

South Dakota

https://www.sdbor.edu/administrative-offices/academics/SD-SARA/documents/ComplaintForm-SD-SARA.pdf

South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545
(605) 773-3455

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Texas

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/twcinfo/twcnumbers.html

Texas Workforce Commission
Career Schools and Colleges
101 East 15th Street, Rm 226-T
Austin, Texas 78778-0001
(512) 936-3100

https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/Apps/CRAFT/Home/Create

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78752
(512) 427-6200

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Utah

http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/contact.html

Utah Department of Commerce
Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 146704
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704
(801) 530-6601

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Vermont

http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/maincontact.html

Vermont Agency of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

http://vide.vi/

United States Virgin Islands Department of Education
Office of the Commissioner
1834 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, USVI 00802-6746
(340) 774-0100
Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Virginia

http://www.schev.edu/index/students-and-parents/resources/student-complaints/student-complaint-form

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St, 9th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-2285

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Washington

http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 753-7800
complaints@wsac.wa.gov

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

West Virginia

http://www.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Student-Complaint-Process-revised-3.pdf

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700
Charleston WV 25301-2800
1-800-368-8808

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Wisconsin

http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
431 Charmany Drive, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 266-1996

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Wyoming

https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/schools/student-complaint-process.pdf

Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060
(307) 777-7675

Professional Board Licensure
Each state has different standards for occupations that require a professional license or certification.

Prospective Students considering academic programs that require professional licensure outside of Connecticut should contact the appropriate licensing agency within that state for information and additional guidance before applying to any online program.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards to find state-specific contact information for Social Work Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

Student Identity Verification

Fairfield University requires students in online-only and hybrid programs to complete the following steps in order to help the University ensure that the identity of those students admitted and enrolled in distance courses or programs are the same students who participate in and complete those courses or programs for academic credit. Distance courses can be either online-only or hybrid.

NetID Process

Upon admission, all students are issued a unique, official Fairfield NetID for secure access to University systems and library resources, to register for courses, and to submit academic work via LMS systems like Blackboard. As part of this set-up, the NetID system requires students to create a strong password with the following requirements:

  • The Password is case sensitive.
  • It must be at least 8 characters long.
  • It must be no more than 20 characters long.
  • It must include at least 1 number.
  • It must not include any symbol (non letter or number) characters.
  • It must have at least 1 lowercase letter.
  • It must have at least 1 uppercase letter.
  • It must not include any of the following values: password test
  • It must not include part of your name or user name.
  • It must not include a common word or commonly used sequence of characters.
  • The new password may not have been used previously.

Each NetID password is automatically set to expire every 120 days, before which the user will receive multiple email reminders with the appropriate links to set a new one. Complete details on resetting NetID passwords can be found on the Fairfield University wiki.

Stag Card Process for Students in Online-Only Programs

After students in online-only programs have been issued their NetID, they secure their official ID Card (Stag Card) by completing the steps outlined for Online Program Participants, including completion of the “ID Verification Form.” This form requires students to supply an official, photo ID (i.e., Driver’s License; Passport; Military ID) to a notary public. Students return the notarized form to the Stag Card Office and submit a photo for their Stag Card by following University photo guidelines). The digitized photo is used on the Stag Card and uploaded into the student information system used by faculty and staff.

Stag Card Process for Students in Hybrid Programs

Hybrid programs include online coursework but also have a required place-based experience that may include coming to campus for orientation and some class sessions or specific courses. The MFA in Creative Writing is an example of this program at Fairfield. After students in these programs are issued their NetID, they gain access to the learning management system for that program. Within this system, students are required to complete Orientation including the Stag Card module in which they are required to provide a photo (following the University photo guidelines) as well as a color copy of an official government-issued photo ID with an address that matches the address in the student’s University record.
Students in hybrid programs receive their Stag Cards during registration at their first visit to the University’s campus as part of the program. Students are required to present their official government-issued photo ID to verify identity with program staff. Stag Cards are not released to students for whom identity cannot be verified.

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