University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Apr 21, 2024  

State Authorization for Distance Education

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative that increases student access to distance education courses and programs while maintaining compliance with state regulations. Institutions participating in SARA can offer educational opportunities in SARA member states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico without seeking individual approval in each state. Learn more about SARA.

On May 14, 2014 the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) approved the State of Nevada as a SARA member state. On, November 21, 2014, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved the University of Nevada, Reno as a SARA institution.

Professional Licensure

If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact your college/program for information regarding licensure requirements. Your department will be able to provide information and links regarding professional licensure in your state. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.

Learning Placements

Learning placements (clinical rotations, student teaching, internships, practicums, field studies etc.) are important parts of many academic programs. While the majority of the placements are located in Nevada some do occur across state lines. In making such placements, the University of Nevada, Reno is required to comply with the relevant laws, rules and regulations of the state where the placements are made. Students who enroll in a learning placement outside the state of Nevada must contact their college for approval.

Student Complaints

The University of Nevada, Reno strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. If a student living in a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) state is not satisfied with the educational experience, a complaint/concern may be submitted for review. At the University of Nevada, Reno the review process may take up to 10 business days.

Examples of types of student complaints that may be brought forward include, but are not limited to, complaints regarding accuracy of tuition or fee information, accreditation, whether a program meets licensure requirements, or course transfer information.

Grade and student advising appeals are not allowed under SARA. These appeals should be directed to University Concierge Service.

Submit your written concern/complaint to:

365 Learning
University of Nevada, Reno
Mail Stop 0365
Reno, Nevada 89557
Phone: (775) 784-4652
Fax: (775) 784-1280

If you feel your concern/complaint was not resolved to your satisfaction you may submit your written complaint to:

Nevada State SARA Portal
Renée Davis
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Affairs
(775) 784-3447
Nevada System of Higher Education
2601 Enterprise Rd
Reno, NV 89512

The decision of the Nevada State SARA Portal, Nevada System of Higher Education, is final.