State Authorization for Online Learning

State Authorization for Online Learning

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Institutions offering distance education courses or programs must provide current and prospective students with the contact information for filing complaints with the college, its accrediting agency, and with the state agencies that handle complaints in the students’ state of residence.

The State Authorization Federal Regulation Chapter 34, ß 600.9(c)
If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.

States In Which Sampson Community College (SCC) Serves Distance Learning Students

States regulate which institutions can offer education to its citizens. Sampson Community College must comply with the state regulation requirement based on the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. To meet this requirement, SCC has joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to serve students in states outside of North Carolina.

The states in which the college is authorized to serve students are listed below. If you reside in a state not on this list, you are not eligible to register for online classes at SCC at this time. If you have questions, please contact a member of the Distance Learning team at SCC:

Marion Pope,, (910)900-4074

AlabamaIndianaNebraskaSouth Carolina
AlaskaIowaNevadaSouth Dakota
ArizonaKansasNew HampshireTennessee
ArkansasKentuckyNew JerseyTexas
ColoradoLouisianaNew MexicoUtah
ConnecticutMaineNew YorkVermont
DelawareMarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
District of ColumbiaMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
FloridaMichiganOhioWest Virginia
IdahoMissouriPennsylvaniaPuerto Rico
IllinoisMontanaRhode IslandVirgin Islands

California is not part of NC-SARA. As an out-of-state public institution, SCC is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. SCC is in compliance with California regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to California residents.

Filing A Complaint

Sampson Community College (SCC) is a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). Students are advised to begin the process at the institutional level.

SCC is dedicated to resolving student complaint in a timely, fair, and amicable manner.  Distance Learning students attending SCC who would like to resolve an academic or non-academic related complaint should follow the processes outlined in the SCC Catalog & Student Handbook [PDF] on page 215.  Students who wish to file an appeal for Academic Suspension should follow the Appeal of Academic Suspension process found in the SCC Catalog & Student Handbook on page 209.

If assistance with an academic complaint is needed please contact VP of Academic and Student Affairs, Blair Hairr

Anna Blair Hairr, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328
Fax: (910) 592-8048

If assistance is needed for a non-academic complaint you will need to contact the Acting Dean of Student Services, Dean of Academic Services and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Marvin Rondon. For academic suspension related questions contact the Director of Financial Aid, Marleen Powell.  Documents may need to be printed, signed, emailed, or faxed.  These requested documents for the type of complaints mentioned above can be sent to the respective person according to the type of complaint, or to the Distance Learning department to be forwarded. The Distance Learning contact information can be found below.

Dr. Marvin Rondon, Acting Dean of Student Services, Dean of Academic Services and Institutional Effectiveness
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328.
Fax: (910) 592-8048

Marleen Powell, Director of Financial Aid
Fax: 910-592-8048
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm EST
Friday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm EST
Sampson Community College
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328

Marion Pope, Distance Learning Coordinator
910-592-8081 ext. 5007
Fax: 910-592-8048
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm EST
Friday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm EST
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328

If a complaint cannot be resolved through the institution’s complaint process, students may file a complaint with the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints unit. Please review the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Student Complaint Process [PDF], print and complete the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaint Form [PDF] and submit the complaint to:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: 919-962-4558
Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints


If for some reason the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the next step would be to file a complaint with Sampson Community College accrediting agency. SCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Students who file a complaint with the accrediting agency should follow the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Complaint Procedure [PDF].

The contact information for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is:
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
Telephone: 404-679-4500
Website: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement – North Carolina (SARA-NC) Complaint Process

If an issue cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you may file a complaint with SARA-NC the authorizing agency for North Carolina on the SARA-NC complaint website and Complaint Form.

SARA-NC Contact Information:
SARA North Carolina Director,
North Caroline State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
T: 855 SARA-1-NC (727-2162)
T: 919 549-8614 Ext. 4667

What about licensure and certification programs offered by Sampson Community College?

If you are considering a program at SCC that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that corresponds to your desired program.

Health Programs


Loreta Jones, Department Chair, Cosmetology
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328
Fax: 910-592-8048

ProgramLicensure/Certification Organization
Cosmetology Program Licensure DisclosureNorth Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Anthony B. Davis, Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328
(910) 900-4040
Fax: (910) 592-8048

ProgramLicensure/Certification Organization
Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission

Allied Health

Emergency Medical Science

Angela Magill, Coordinator of EMS Programs for CE
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328
Fax: 910-592-8048

ProgramLicensure/Certification Organization
CE Emergency Medical Services Certification DisclosureNorth Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services

Firefighter & Rescue


Fred Stamey, Director of Transportation
1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328
Fax: 910-592-8048

ProgramLicensure/Certification Organization
Commercial Driver’s License, Class A Licensure Disclosure
Commercial Driver’s License, Class B Licensure Disclosure


Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Sampson Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.

Proctored/Online Exams

Some online courses require students to take exams in a supervised environment. This helps faculty members verify online students’ identities and ensures academic integrity. If proctored tests are required, students in online sections will take their tests at the SCC Academic Success Center, or using Respondus Lockdown Browser. Information, including location, phone number, and hours of operation for the Academic Success Center can be found on the Academic Success Center page.

If a student needs to be proctored for a written test an appointment needs to be made with the Academic Success Center using the contact information below.

For students to access the Academic Success Center you must present your student ID.

For additional questions regarding the Academic Success Center please contact, Wanda Kenny, at or (910)900-4117, 1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28328.