Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Termination of Affiliation or Accreditation

Number: INST.B.30.010

Resignation From Affiliation With the Commission

An institution affiliated with the Commission either as a candidate or as an accredited institution may voluntarily resign from that affiliation at any time. The resignation must be initiated by the legally designated governing body of the institution and conveyed to the Commission through a formal letter signed by the President of the institution. This letter may set an effective date for such resignation not to exceed one year from the date of the letter and provided that such effective date is not more than eleven (11) years (the maximum interval for reaffirmation of accreditation) from the date of the last reaffirmation of accreditation or four (4) years from the date candidacy was awarded. The institution must meet all obligations of affiliation until the resignation becomes effective. Within thirty (30) days of receiving this letter, the Commission issues a public disclosure notice that describes the resignation, including resignation based on the closing of the institution, which is available to the public on the Commission’s website. Within thirty (30) days the Commission also notifies the U.S. Department of Education and the appropriate state agency and other recognized accrediting agencies regarding the resignation. Voluntary resignation does not release an institution from past and current financial obligations to the Commission.


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Related Policies

Public Disclosure

Commission Approval of Institutional Teach-Out Arrangements

Policy History

Last Revised: April 2013
First Adopted: August 1987 and October 1988
Revision History: revised May 2002, February 2002, renumbered November 2010, April 2013
Notes: Policies combined November 2012 – 1.5, 3.8.

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter B: Requirements for Achieving and Maintaining Affiliation

Part 30: Obligations of Membership and Affiliation


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