The institution must make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution's accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student's complaint. See 34 C.F.R. §668.43.
State Authorization of Distance Education Programs
Vermont Law School has been approved by the State of Vermont to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
For further information regarding SARA please visit
For a listing of all current participating SARA states and regional compact office please click to view:
If a student residing in another SARA state has a complaint about an institution operating under SARA, does the complaint go directly to SARA?
Pursuant to the SARA site:
"No, complaints go first through the institution's standard procedure for resolution of
student grievances. If a student from a SARA state is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint may then be brought to the responsible state agency in the home state. (See contact information below). However, nothing precludes the state where the student is located from also working to help resolve the complaint. NCS 4(1).
NOTE: 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 as needed. Students may not use SARA to complain about distance education courses offered inside the home state, only those offered across state lines."
State Portal Agency home state (Vermont) contact:
School Finance Analyst
Vermont Agency of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620
States or Territories Not Participating In SARA:
If you are a student from a State that is
not currently participating in the SARA initiative (see below) and you wish to file a complaint, you should first go through the institution's
standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If, however, you are not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process please use
these additional resources.
- Vermont Law School is not regulated in American Samoa. We do not currently accept students from the American Samoa.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of California.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under Sections 10a-34-23 and 10a -34-24 of the Connecticut Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Education. Vermont Law School meets the requirements of Section 10a-34-23. In addition, we are exempt from Section 10a-34-24 as we do not have a physical presence in the State of Connecticut, therefore the regulations do not apply.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization under 34 C.F.R. 600.9 (c) because the programs offered by the law School are offered online and we do not have a physical presence in the state of Florida.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization because our courses are offered exclusively through online and distance education and we do not have a physical presence in the territory. Therefore authorization is not required.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from authorization to operate in Massachusetts because the programs offered by the Law School are offered online and do not require any clinical, practicum, internship, externship, or shadowing experiences in Massachusetts and there are no student support services provided directly in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is undertaking the process of updating its regulations regarding the approval of such programs and courses. The new regulations are expected in Fall 2015.
N. Marianas Islands
- Vermont Law School is not regulated in the North Marianas Islands. We do not currently accept students from N. Marianas Islands.
- Vermont Law School is exempt from the Puerto Rico licensing jurisdiction since its operation as an institution of higher education occurs outside of Puerto Rico. The current exemption period is from February 8, 2016 through February 7, 2021.
- Vermont Law School is not regulated in the Virgin Islands. We do not currently accept students from Virgin Islands.
Vermont Attorney General
109 State Street
Vermont Law School Accrediting Agency
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100,
Burlington, MA 01803
List of all state reporting agencies