State Authorization for Distance Education
Piedmont International University offers distance education in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Education and the regulations of each state or territory.
Piedmont International University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which aids in remedying inconsistencies among state regulations and aids in satisfying consistent customer protection by centralizing the authorization process. NC-SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The intent is to make it easier for students to take online courses that are being offered by postsecondary institutions in other states. You can read more about NC-SARA here. Verification of approval by SARA to offer online courses can be found by visiting the NC-SARA website.
Student Complaint Process
Prior to any formal complaint, students are encouraged to seek an informal resolution of their complaint directly with the employee, faculty, and/or individuals involved. Often a problem may be resolved in this informal manner. In the unfortunate event that a resolution is not achieved, students may follow the complaint process and submit an online complaint form or email a PDF complaint form to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Out-of-state students who wish to file a complaint with their home state should refer to the State Authorization Liaisons Per State responsible for handling complaints.
NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedures
If a complaint cannot be resolved through the university's complaint process, students may file a complaint with the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints unit. Please review the NC Post-Secondary Education Student Complaint Policy, print and complete the NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Form, and submit the complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: (919) 962-4550
Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
TRACS Student Complaint Process
Piedmont International University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Any student who has already followed the Complaint Procedures and feels the issue is not resolved, may contact TRACS.
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges & Schools (TRACS)
15935 Forest Road
Forest, Virginia 24551
SARA-NC Complaint Process and Information
Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC. SARA-NC is the portal for the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.
SARA North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Professional Licensure and Certifications
PIU currently offers an online Bachelor of Science in Deaf Studies with a Sign Language Interpreting concentration. Licensure and certification requirements vary by state. Students are encouraged to contact the Deaf Studies Division of the Moore School of Education to discuss professional licensure and enrollment options. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf provides certification information by state.
Piedmont International University participates in articulation agreements for state licensure in teacher education. However, these programs are available only at the main campus in North Carolina.