Saint Leo University, Inc. is a private, non-profit Catholic
educational institution operating under IRS section 501(c)(3).
Originally chartered in 1889, Saint Leo University has undergone
several name changes over the years, with the most recent change
from Saint Leo College to Saint Leo University in August 1999.
Saint Leo University is Florida’s oldest Catholic university.
Details on Saint Leo University’s various accreditations and
memberships are available on our website at / under the
header About SLU by
clicking on the link Accreditations & Articulations.
NOTE: Students should attempt to resolve complaints with
the university itself. Applicable university policies usually
describe the appropriate procedures such as contacting your
academic advisor or dean. Policies can be found in the Code of
Conduct. Should a student file a complaint with a state or
accrediting body, the student will not be subjected to adverse
actions by any school official as a result of initiating a
Filing a complaint with the State of Florida, another
state, or an accrediting body does not excuse a student from
following any applicable university policies for appeals or
challenges to actions taken or toll any time frames for the filing
of such internal appeals.
Distance Education students, who have completed the internal
institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance
process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the Florida
SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint
process, please visit the Florida SARA
Complaint Process page or the website at www.flsara.org.
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) serves
as the single repository of education data from school districts,
community colleges, universities, and independent postsecondary
institutions. While the FDOE’s Commission for Independent Education has
statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic,
postsecondary, educational institutions, Saint Leo University is
not under the jurisdiction or purview of the Commission except as
otherwise provided in law, and is not required to obtain licensure.
See §1005.06, Florida Statutes. The FDOE Office of
Articulation is the office available to assist students with
complaints. For information on how to file a complaint with the
Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, please
call 850/245-0427 or send an email to email@example.com.
In Other States
Under U.S. Department of Education regulations, each
state is required to have a process to handle complaints for all
institutions in the State, except certain Federally-run
institutions and tribal institutions such as tribally controlled
community colleges. For purposes of HEA eligibility under these
regulations, the State remains responsible for responding to
complaints about institutions in the State regardless of what body
or entity actually manages complaints. Information on the State of
Florida and the University’s accrediting bodies has been described
above. For other states, the State Higher Education Executive Officers
(SHEEO) has compiled a list of Student
Complaint Procedures by State and Agency.
For California, contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary
Education (of California) : http://www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/complaint.pdf
For Florida, contact the Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml
For Georgia, contact the State of Georgia Nonpublic
Postsecondary Education Commission : http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources/gnpec-authorized-school-complainant-form/
For Maryland, please contact the Maryland Higher Education
Commission : http://www.mhec.state.md.us/highered/acadAff/MHECStudentComplaintProcess.pdf
For Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Commission on College
Accreditation : http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/downloads/studentcomplaintform.pdf
For South Carolina, contact the South Carolina Commission on
Higher Education : https://www.che.sc.gov/CHE_Docs/AcademicAffairs/License/Complaint_procedures_and_form.pdf
For Virginia, contact the State Council of Higher Education for
Complaints related to the university's regional accreditation
should be referred following the procedures found at http://www.sacscoc.org.