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State Authorization for Distance Education

All U.S. States require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state. Please check back to this site for more information concerning MSU and authorization of states for distance education courses.

Distance Education Complaint Process for MSU's Out-of-State Students

If you have a complaint about a distance education program offered at MSU, concerning allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, you will need to contact the Dean of Students Office to file the complaint. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) will investigate and attempt to resolve the allegations.

Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by MSU policy. MSU students with an academic concern are encouraged to contact MSU's Dean of Students.

You can also further your complaint with the appropriate agency in the state where you reside. Please click on your state for the contact form.


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Mississippi State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at:

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi State University.

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