Policies & Procedures 

SACS Compliance

Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 407-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College. There is a three-fold purpose for publishing the address and contact number of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This is done to enable interested constituents:

  1. to learn about the accreditation status of LSU;
  2. to file a third-party comment at the time of LSU’s decennial review; or
  3. to file a third-party complaint against LSU for alleged non-compliance with a standard requirement of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Direct all other inquiries about programs, services, or admission directly to LSU. Normal inquiries about LSU should be directed to LSU, not the Commission’s office. Contact information for university offices and departments can be found in the LSU A-Z listing on the university’s home page at the following link: http://www.lsu.edu/a-z.shtml. SACSOC is one of six regional commissions in the US that accredits degree-granting institutions. Currently, SACSCOC accredits approximately 800 institutions in 11 southern states–Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia–and in Latin America. LSU is one of the member institutions of SACSCOC, meaning that LSU participates in the development, amendment, and approval of accreditation requirements. According to its mission statement, “Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution:

  • has a mission appropriate to higher education;
  • has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission; and
  • maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.”

SACSCOC accreditation requires institutions to comply with the nearly 100 standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. SACSCOC accreditation is necessary for LSU because it:

  • allows students to graduate from “an accredited institution”;
  • permits students to receive federal funding for their education;
  • enables faculty to seek and receive support through federal grants and contracts; and
  • assures all other disciplinary accrediting organizations of an appropriate level of learning.

For accreditation purposes, LSU is considered as a Level VI, Track B institution. Level VI institutions are accredited to award doctoral degrees in four or more academic or professional disciplines. Track B institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees or graduate degrees only.

LSU Policy on Intellectual Property

The LSU Policy on Intellectual Property (found in Chapter VII of the Board’s Regulations) addresses matters related to online courses as follows: LSU recognizes the traditional rights of academic authors to their regular academic works, including educational course materials developed for teaching of an in-person course for credit.  LSU releases to the author any copyright it may otherwise own in those materials, while reserving a non-exclusive, fully paid right to make copies and use those materials as a part of course instruction. However, when course materials or other similar materials developed by an author are used to produce a derivative work, including an audio, video or digital version for use in online learning, then LSU retains ownership of the copyright in those materials and can use them in its discretion. If LSU uses those course materials in an online course offered by LSU, the authors are not entitled to receive any portion of tuition or fees that LSU receives for the delivery of that course. If, however, LSU receives payments from a third-party entity for licensing the course materials to be used in an online course, then the authors are entitled to share in the net income according to the revenue sharing distribution defined in the bylaws. Louisiana State University System released the Copyright Guidelines Regarding Electronic Learning letter from the Office of the President  in 2002, which may be of interest. For questions regarding LSU’s intellectual property for distance learning policy, please contact Christie Richardson at 225-615-8916 or by email at CCRichardson@agcenter.lsu.edu.