Accreditation and State Authorization

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

State Contact Information

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Integrity Rules, The Ohio State University must provide state agency contact information for filing complaints to its out-of-state distance education students or prospective students. 

If a student located in a SARA state has a complaint about an institution operating under SARA, complaints must first go through the institution’s standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint may then be brought to the SARA portal agency in the institution’s home state. The state where the student is located also may resolve the complaint. Although students may choose to work through their own state’s SARA office for complaint resolution, the SARA office of the state where the provider is located is responsible for staffing the investigation and complaint resolution.