Filing a Complaint
If you would like to contact the University with a complaint, please refer to the
Student Complaint page.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Overview: THECB adopted rules codified under Title 19 of the Texas Administrative
Code, Sections 1.110 – 1.120, on October 25, 2012. The rules create a student complaint
procedure to comply with the U.S. Department of Education's "Program Integrity" regulations,
which require each state to have a student complaint procedure in order for public
and private higher education institutions to be eligible for federal Title IV funds.
In December 2011, the Office of Attorney General of Texas issued an opinion stating
that THECB has authority under Texas Education Code Section 61.031 to promulgate procedures
for handling student complaints concerning higher education institutions.
How to submit a Student Complaint: After exhausting the institution's grievance/complaint
process, current, former, and prospective students may initiate a complaint with THECB
by sending the required forms either by electronic mail to StudentComplaints@thecb.state.tx.us, or by mail to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Office of General Counsel,
P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711-2788. Facsimile transmissions of the forms are
See website for all forms and additional process information.
Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC-SACS)
Overview: The Commission expects individuals to attempt to resolve the issue through
all means available to the complainant, including following the institution's own
published grievance procedures, before submitting a complaint to the Commission. Therefore,
the Commission's usual practice is not to consider a complaint that is currently in
administrative proceedings, including institutional proceedings, or in litigation.
However, if there is substantial, credible evidence that indicates systemic problems
with an accredited institution, the Commission may, at its discretion, choose to proceed
with the review.
How to submit a Student Complaint: In order to be considered, a formal complaint must
be submitted in writing using the Commission's "Complaint against Institutions: Information
Sheet and Form," signed, and two copies sent to: President, Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia,
30033-4097. The Commission will neither entertain complaints that are not in writing
or which are anonymous, nor will it consider complaints sent electronically or through
facsimile transmission. In addition, the Commission will not act
on complaints submitted on behalf of another individual or complaints forwarded to
the Commission. Full policy including form available here.
Office of the Ombudsman
Overview: If you've completed the steps to resolve your loan dispute (William D. Ford
Federal Direct Loan, Federal Family Education Loan, or Federal Perkins Loan), and
you still are not satisfied, you may need to contact the Federal Student Aid (FSA)
Ombudsman Group of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The Ombudsman Group is a
neutral, informal, and confidential resource to help resolve disputes about your federal
Contact the Ombudsman Group as a last resort. Make every effort to resolve your student loan problems before contacting the Ombudsman Group. The Ombudsman can be contacted at the following
U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
830 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20202-5144