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Public Disclosure Notices

The Board of Trustees issues a public disclosure notice regarding a sanction or an adverse action taken on the affiliated institution. The notice includes a history of the institution’s relationship with the Commission, the nature of the adverse action, and a brief analysis of the situation that prompted the action.

The notice also includes any statement the institution wishes to make about the action. The notice is attached to lists of official actions submitted to federal and state agencies and is made available to the public on request.

In other situations, Commission staff may collaborate with an institution to develop a public disclosure notice that will serve the needs of both the institution and the Commission. The notice includes the institution’s historical relationship with the Commission, a brief analysis of the situation that prompted the notice, and an explanation of any pending or final Commission processes and decisions. The notice is available to the public on request.

Current Public Disclosure Notices

Expanding View of Public Disclosure

Public disclosure notices provide information about specific situations at individual institutions, particularly those under Commission sanction. The Commission’s Web site offers the public easier access to current information. In addition, the Commission has strengthened its expectations about public disclosure practices on the part of affiliated institutions in its revised Criteria for Accreditation. Fair and accurate advertising, recruiting, publication of affiliation, use of team reports, and reporting of Commission actions are among an institution’s important obligations to the public.

The Commission also has public statements to correct or confirm a media report, to respond to frequent inquiries from the public or to address other matters.