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NC-SARA Statement On Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Many of you have become aware of a recent communication from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education that offers guidance on interruptions of student education related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is what this means for state authorization and NC-SARA.

The language in the recent guidance letter ensures that schools will not be in violation of 34 CFR 600.9 state authorization requirements. A non-SARA institution that does not have approval to operate online in another state will have that green light at the federal level during this time. To accommodate students, institutions may provide distance learning temporarily as a result of a COVID-19 interruption. This includes cases where students began attendance in classes, that were offered in brick-and-mortar settings, that were then transitioned to a distance education format in the middle of the term.

At the state level, however, non-participating institutions must separately address state law requirements. These temporary relaxations of federal requirements for distance education do not have an impact on SARA policy.

Our colleagues at Hogan Lovells provides an analysis on this USED communication

Our colleagues at CooleyEd provides an analysis on this USDOE communication and Managing COVID-19 Disruption

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) provides COVID-19 guidance

For  full access to this and recent state authorization postings, visit NC-SARA.org/news-events