Montana University System Complaint Process
In October 2010, the United States Department of Education released new regulations known as the “Program Integrity” rules, which are intended to address concerns relating to the integrity of academic programs offered by postsecondary educational institutions and authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended. As part of those new rules, each state must have in place a process for receiving, reviewing, and responding to complaints concerning post-secondary educational institutions delivering educational services in that state, and each institution must inform students how to initiate complaints in the state where the student receives instruction. This notification provides information on the complaint process available to students of the Montana University System.
Pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. § 20-25-201 and Title 20, Chapter 15 Mont. Code Ann., the designated units of the Montana University System and the duly organized community college districts in the State of Montana are legally authorized to provide postsecondary education in the State of Montana. Together, these fourteen entities form the group of public postsecondary educational institutions in the State of Montana, all of which are under the authority and control of the Board of Regents of the Montana University System. Those institutions are as follows:
These institutions are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, Washington 98052, (425) 558-4224. Evidence of each institution’s accreditation can be found at: http://www.nwccu.org/member-institutions/directory/
How to File a Complaint
Students and prospective students of the Montana University System are encouraged to initially address complaints through the applicable institution’s complaint or review procedures. At Dawson Community College, please refer to the following contact information: For distance education and on-campus students, you may contact the Office of the Vice President Academic & Student Affairs or the Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator office. Refer to the websites listed below.
Complaints that remain unresolved after engaging in the above-referenced process may be further pursued in the following manners: