Licensure and Accreditation

Degree program(s) of study offered by Living University have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards. Students seeking to transfer degrees or credits should consult with receiving institutions.

Federal regulations issued by the US Department of Education pursuant Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and amendments thereto, require institutions participating in Title IV programs and offering distance education at the post-secondary level to conform with state regulations pertaining to degree programs. Although Living University does not participate in Title IV programs this does not lessen the University’s responsibility to adhere to applicable state laws and regulations dealing with delivery of distance education to the residents of any state.

Upon review of state laws and regulations, the University understands that it is free to operate in 46 states without further effort under the individual state’s religious education exemption clause or under its no-physical presence definition. The states of Arkansas, Alabama, Nevada and Wyoming have laws and regulations in place that would require the University to meet specific licensure requirements. Therefore, at this time degrees cannot be awarded to any student living in Arkansas, Alabama, Wyoming, or Nevada. The University continues its policy of offering religious education courses to students irrespective of the place of their residency. The limitation pertains to granting of degrees only. Students from Arkansas, Alabama, Wyoming, and Nevada therefor are limited to the certificate and diploma programs.

Generally state licensure deals with consumer protection and ensuring that institutions meet minimum standards of educational quality and have a formal complaint procedure in place. Refer to Student Complaints and Grievances set forth in the University General Catalog  for University complaint procedures and for more information. If a complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the University’s complaint and grievance procedure, the individual may file a complaint with the office cited below. The individual can contact UNC Administration for further details.

Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Assistant Director of Licensure and Workforce Studies
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 962-4558

At this time the University is not accredited by any agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The University Strategic Long-Range Plan calls for the University to achieve licensure and accreditation as institutional resources permit, however, the University makes no assurances or guarantees that it will be successful in achieving accreditation or degree program licensure. In the fall 2013 the University began its seventh year of operation, with about 166 online students registered, while it continued the process of establishing the infrastructure necessary for licensure and accreditation.