Student Complaint Process

  1. A student must first exhaust the complaint/grievance procedures established by the institution.
    1. Should the opinion of the student be that the complaint has not been resolved appropriately by the institution, the student may submit the complaint to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).
  2. Specific types of complaints are handled by different agencies or organizations. A student must submit a complaint to the appropriate agency or organization as described below:
    1. A complaint pertaining to occupational licensure requirements is to be submitted to the appropriate licensing board or entity. Licensing board contact information is found in the institution’s catalog.
    2. A complaint concerning compliance with the standards of accreditation is to be submitted to the institution's accrediting body. Accrediting body contact information is found in the institution’s catalog.
    3. A complaint pertaining to potential violations of consumer protection is to be submitted to:
      Consumer Protection Division
      Office of the Attorney General
      200 Saint Paul Place
      Baltimore, Maryland 21202
      Telephone: 410-528-8662
      More information is available at:
      http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/complaint.htm
    4. A complaint concerning discrimination is to be submitted to:
      Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office
      U.S. Department of Education
      100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
      Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
      Telephone: 215-656-8541
      More information is available at:
      http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html
  3. Complaints involving alleged violations of the Education Article or the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 13B Maryland Higher Education Commission, or a Private Career School’s own written institutional policies, may be submitted to MHEC in the following manner:
    1. A student may submit a complaint in writing to MHEC when it involves an alleged violation of the Education Article, COMAR, or school policy, but only after the student has first exhausted the complaint/grievance procedures established by the institution. A signed PCS Student Complaint Form​​ (click on link to download) must be submitted to MHEC with copies of supporting documentation included. The complaint documents are to be submitted to:
      Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education
      Maryland Higher Education Commission
      6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
      Baltimore, MD 21201
      FAX: 410-332-0270
      Email: PCS.MHEC@maryland.gov
    2. Within 5 business days of receipt of a complaint, MHEC will acknowledge its receipt and begin investigating for evidence of violation of the Education Article, COMAR, or school policy.
    3. A copy of the student complaint and documents will be provided to the institution's Director. MHEC will require the Director​ to look into the matter and report back to MHEC within 10 business days of receipt of MHEC notification.
    4. Any requests by MHEC to the school or the student complainant for information or documents necessary for MHEC to achieve a determination of the complaint must be answered by the school or the student complainant within 10 business days following receipt of MHEC's request.
    5. MHEC staff may interview the institution employees, students, or the student complainant as part of its investigation.
    6. MHEC may take regulatory action based on its review and in accordance with the Education Article and COMAR Title 13B, and the manner for which the institution is approved to operate.
    7. MHEC will inform the student complainant and the school Director in writing of its determination(s).
  4. A complaint pertaining to matters other than those addressed in the Education Article or COMAR Title 13B, or pertaining to the institution's approved policies, will not be entertained by MHEC, nor will it be referred to another agency or organization.
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