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Outside of Ohio – State Authorization

For Students and Activities Outside of Ohio, State Authorization regulations determine the educational activities Clark State Community College is permitted to offer outside of Ohio. The information on this page may apply to you, if, for example:

  • You are located outside of Ohio and are interested in taking online courses
  • You move out of state in the middle of a semester or program

Regulations vary from state to state, as do the activities that Clark State Community College is able to offer students located in another state. If you are located or plan to engage in any educational activity outside of Ohio, please inquire before enrolling or registering to confirm whether Clark State Community College may offer those educational activities in your state. Clark State Community College is allowed to offer online courses to students who live in any state, including the District of Columbia.

Clark State Community College is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which provides authorization to offer certain activities in other SARA member states.

Additional information concerning State Authorization in general can be found here.

Student Complaint Information

Clark State Community College is committed to resolving student complaints in an expeditious, fair and friendly manner. Clark State Community College students residing outside of Ohio should resolve complaints with Clark State Community College by contacting the department or College official responsible for that record. Clark State works diligently to find positive outcomes to student concerns. Please try to use all possible avenues of complaint resolution before going outside of the college.

Clark State Community College is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and therefore accepts the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s oversight in resolving student complaints from students taking online courses or out of state field experiences in a state that is a member of SARA. Once a student has used all possible avenues of complaint resolution at Clark State, the student may file a formal complaint with the Ohio  Department of Higher Education.

You may be able to file a complaint with your state (where you reside). In compliance with federal Department of Education regulations, Clark State Community College provides a list of State Agencies with contact information for each state.

You may also contact our accrediting agency, The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission.


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