Accreditation and Affiliations

Institution-Wide Regional Accreditation

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The commission is ONLY to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.  All normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and other college related information should be addressed directly to the College and NOT to the office of the Commission on Colleges.

Individual Program Accreditations

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning of Mississippi (3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211, (601) 432-6288, www.mississippi.edu/nursing) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000, Fax (404) 975-5020, www.nlnac.org).

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone (773) 714-8880.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3812, (312) 704-5300.

The Respiratory Care Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. (1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, Phone: (817) 283-2835, www.coarc.com Fax: (817) 354-8519)

Affiliations

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is an active member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Mississippi Association of Colleges, and the Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

 

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA)

Student Complaint Process

In order for an investigation to be initiated, the following must be true:

  1. The student has exhausted all available grievance procedures established by the institution.
  2. The student did not receive a satisfactory resolution and is contacting MCCA as a last resort in the grievance process.
  3. The student has submitted the complaint to MCCA using the MCCA Student Complaint form.  The student's complaint must contain a detailed description of the claim, including dates, times, and full names of all involved, as well as the actions taken by both the student and the institution to resolve the matter.
  4. The student has signed the form attesting to the truth and accuracy of the complaint.
  5. The student recognizes that MCCA will not investigate anonymous complaints.  By signing the form, the student acknowledges that MCCA may share the information provided with the school or other relevant agencies and organizations in order to help resolve the dispute.  MCCA does not guarantee a resolution resulting from the submission or its investigation onto the allegation

The complaint process applies to conduct or behavior on the part of a Mississippi institution or any of its agents, representatives or employees that constitutes dishonest or fraudulent behavior, including providing false or misleading information to the student; and operation of programs (including distance education) contrary to practices expected by institutional and/or programmatic/specialized accreditors.  This process does not apply to complaints related to student grades or discipline/conduct matters.  

if a student has concerns related to academic or administrative actions, the student should contact the faculty or staff member(s) with whom the student has a conflict.  It may be possible to resolve the concerns without the need for formal institutional action.  However, if the student's complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, or the complaint cannot be resolved by contacting the faculty or staff member(s), the student should file a complaint through the institution's established complaint process.  Information on the institution's complaint process can usually be found in the institution's academic catalog, student handbook, or website.  If a student has exhausted the avenues provided by the institution and the complaint has not been resolved internally, the student may file a formal complaint with the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation using the MCCA Student Complaint Form within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made.  

Upon receiving a student complaint, MCCA will initiate an investigation if the matter being disputed falls within its jurisdiction.  If preliminary findings indicate a violation of MCCA regulations by the institution, MCCA shall attempt to resolve the complaint through mediation.  All parties will be notified in writing of the outcome of the investigation.  If the complaint is outside of MCCA's jurisdiction, it may be directed to another agency that is authorized to address the concerns, if appropriate.

The student may be contacted during the investigation to submit documented evidence of the allegations against the institution.  Students should not submit original documents, as they may not be returned.

Students are reminded that MCCA cannot offer legal advice.  Students should be aware that the submission of a complaint will be recorded and may be used for statistical reporting or other purposes.

 

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