Regulatory Support

Offering an FSU online program? ODL monitors regulations related to distance learning and FSU's membership in SARA.* To ensure the university meets regulatory obligations, we provide information and support to colleges and departments regarding out-of-state marketing and recruiting, out-of-state field placement reporting, and professional licensure notification.

Marketing & Recruiting

FSU is a member of SARA*  and approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Our membership enables us to admit students to online degree programs from all 50 states and most territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a SARA member, FSU is allowed the following marketing and recruiting activities in other SARA states:

  • Advertising to students whether through print, billboard, direct mail, internet, radio, television, or other medium
  • Having faculty, adjunct faculty, mentors, tutors, recruiters, or other academic personnel residing in a member state and working from their homes or another private, non-institutional site, provided that such staff are not engaged in activities that would otherwise constitute physical presence as defined by the Policies and Standards in section 5.12 of the NC-SARA Manual.
  • Using recruiters in a SARA member state. This provision is not restricted to recruiting for courses or programs offered under SARA and includes athletic recruiting.

California regulations restrict FSU from holding an administrative office for recruiting in the state of California but permit FSU the following freedoms when offering an online program to California students:

  • National advertising on television or publications (not targeted to residents within the state of California)
  • Local or direct advertising
  • Recruiter attendance at state or college fairs
  • Local physical presence (billboard, radio, TV, websites, etc.)

Want to stay up to date on state and federal guidelines for your online program? Update your contact email, and we'll keep you in the loop!

Online Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

NC-SARA requires SARA-member institutions to make "every reasonable effort" to determine if completion of a course or program meets state licensing requirements and to notify students if a course or program meets the requirements in their home state. Any course or program that may lead to professional licensure (regardless of delivery method) is included in the requirement, and the notification must be made in writing to every student who contacts FSU about the course or program. This includes applicants and potential students. Please contact ODL's SARA liaison for more information on what's required of your college or department.

Out-of-State Learning Placements

Because placement of students in other states is considered distance learning, tracking it meets our institutional requirement for participation in SARA. Each spring, ODL contacts colleges and departments to get data on out-of-state learning placements for both face-to-face and distance programs. These data are assembled in our annual report. For more information on what's required of your college or department, contact ODL's SARA liaison. If you're not sure we have the latest contact information for you, use our contact update form to update our records. We'll be sure to keep you in the loop!


*State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

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