State Authorization Compliance

Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws regarding distance learning. Chowan works with the regulatory agencies in each state and US Territories to seek authorizations, exemptions or permissions to continue to offer distance education programs, courses and certificate programs to residents who wish to enroll in our distance learning education programs.

State and Federal Regulations on ‘State Authorization’ of Distance Education

Contact Information for Filing Complaint

Chowan University is committed to providing students with a means for sharing their concerns and officially registering complaints about any academic program, student service, or university process.

  • Chowan University Student Complaint Form

The Student Complaint Form provides students with an avenue to submit a concern regarding any area on campus for which no other specific process exists. This form is not an appeal form, and, therefore, should NOT be used to submit complaints regarding academic penalties or student disciplinary actions. Students should follow the established appeal process as outlined in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook (pg. 191). In addition, a student who wishes to file a Title IX complaint should request the Title IX Discrimination Complaint Form.

Student Complaint Form 

SARA-NC Complaint Form

Title IX Discrimination Complaint Form 

Contact Information:

Danny B. Moore
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chowan University
One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Third Floor, Columns Building

If you have a complaint about the University's distance education courses, and you are a resident of North Carolina, you may contact the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

The mailing address of the Consumer Protection Division is:

North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001

To access the state complaint form, once on the page at, click on the link that says "online," in the first bullet under "You can" or you clan click here for a direct link to the fillable complaint form.

  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges

If for some reason the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the next step would be to file a complaint with Chowan University’s accrediting agency. 

Chowan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Chowan University.

Students who file a complaint with the accrediting agency should follow the SACSCOC Complaint Procedures.

The contact information for SACSCOC is:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

Telephone:  404-679-4500
Website:  Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges

  • SARA-NC Complaint Process

Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC. SARA-NC is the portal for North Carolina. Students should follow the SARA-NC Complaint Process and use the SARA-NC Complain Form.

SARA-NC Contact Information:

SARA North Carolina
North Caroline State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Telephone:  (855) SARA-1-NC (855-727-2162)
Telephone:  919-549-8614, ext. 4667
Website:  SARA NC

Students Outside of North Carolina

Students not residing in North Carolina and enrolled in a North Carolina institution that operates under SARA North Carolina may submit complaints to North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) only after completing the complaint process established by the institution attended by the student. Please see the SARA-NC Complaint Process and use the SARA-NC Complain Form.

Professional Licensure

NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. 

Currently, the only school with programs leading to licensure is our School of Education. For more information about these programs, including contact information, please visit the School of Education webpage or contact: 

Dr. Ella E. Benson
Dean, School of Education


Public Schools of North Carolina State Board of Education - Department of Public Instruction
Professional Educator's Licensure Contact Information

Online System

Professional educators are able to apply for and update their North Carolina licenses online. Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system.

Go to the NCDPI Online Licensure System.


Two phone numbers are available for inquiries Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time:

800.577.7994 within North Carolina and 919.807.3310 outside of North Carolina.


Please note when emailing us to include your full name in the email, as well as the last 4 numbers of your SSN and your license or application number. Failure to provide this information may create delays in our ability to respond.


Chowan University programs prepare students to meet licensure requirements in the State of North Carolina. Licensing requirements in North Carolina may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state. Chowan cannot determine the applicability of program coursework to satisfy licensing requirements outside of North Carolina. 

The list below contains Chowan/s programs that fulfill academic requirements leading to licensure. 

  • Elementary Education (B.S.)            
  • Social Studies Education (B.S.)
  • Music Education (B.S.)
  • Mathematics Education (B.S.)
  • Comprehensive Science (B.S.)
  • English Education (B.S.)
  • Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

If you would like information on how these programs meet licensure requirements in other states, please click on the link below and then select appropriate state:

U.S. Department of Education