Accreditation and Institutional Policies

Daemen College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of New York to award degrees and certificates for programs registered with the New York State Board of Regents.

Accreditation

Daemen College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. Email: info@msche.org, Spanish: españolinfo@msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), April 2013 and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

Master’s (M.S.), post-Master’s Certificate, and clinical doctorate (D.N.P.)  programs in Nursing are accredited by the  Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020, email: info@acenursing.org, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), September 2011, and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA),  APTA Headquarters Accreditation Dept., 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314-1488, (703) 684-2782, (800) 999-2782, fax (703) 684-7343, email: accreditation@apta.org. CAPTE, an accrediting body for professional programs for the physical therapist, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), September 2012, and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).  Note: CAPTE accredits only programs which prepare students to sit for licensure examinations. The M.S. – Fellowship Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is credentialed by the APTA and has met the clinical guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

The graduate program in Physician Assistant Studies (B.S./M.S., M.S.) is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, GA 30097, (770) 476-1224, fax (770) 476-1738, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), January 2004. Email:  arc-pa@arc-pa.org.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in International Business (Marketing; Management Information Systems) and dual degrees (B.S./M.S.) in Accounting/Professional Accountancy and in Business Administration/International Business are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA, (913) 631-3009, fax (913) 631-9154, email: iacbe@iacbe.org. IACBE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), January 2011.

Graduate programs in Teacher Education, Master of Science (M.S.), are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036, (202) 223-007.  CAEP is a specialized accrediting body for teacher education programs recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), March 2016.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Training  is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184, (512) 733-9700, toll free (844) 462-2283. CAATE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), September 2014.

Affiliations

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Association of Governing Boards
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • National Association of Independent College and Universities
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II
  • P2 Collaborative of WNY, Inc.
  • Western New York Consortium of Higher Education
  • Western New York Service Learning Coalition

Availability Statement and Procedures to Review Accrediting and Licensing Documents

Accrediting and Licensing documents are available for inspection. Requests should be in writing to and sent to the:

Office of the President/Daemen College
4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY  14226-3592

Offices Designated to Disseminate Consumer Information

The following offices of Daemen College have been designated to disseminate consumer information:

Complaints

Daemen College is committed to serving its students effectively and responsively. Students with questions or concerns should communicate directly with the department or office concerned, with a view to resolving the issue as expeditiously as possible.  If the matter remains unresolved at the department/unit level, students should bring their complaint to the attention of the dean of the pertinent academic division, the dean of students, the bursar, or the associate vice president for academic affairs (504/ADA Officer, Title IX Officer), as applicable.  The Student Dispute Resolution Procedure or the Grievance Procedure in Discrimination and Harassment Cases (both contained in the Daemen College Student Handbook) will be followed when applicable.

Students who are unsure of whom to contact or who need further guidance may contact Dr. Kathleen Boone, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Duns Scotus  Hall 102, Daemen  College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226, telephone: 716.839.8301 for assistance.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

Daemen College is committed to compliance with its obligations under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Executive Orders, the New York State Human Rights Law, and other applicable antidiscrimination laws. It is the policy of Daemen College to provide all students and applicants an equal access to all programs and facilities without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, race, color, creed, religion, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, status as an ex-offender, arrest record, predisposing genetic characteristics or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal or New York State law Furthermore, the College will not discriminate against any individual with respect to the application of College policies, or the criteria for the successful completion of any course or program on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, race, color, creed, religion, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, status as an ex-offender, arrest record, predisposing genetic characteristics or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal or New York State law.

Every person in the Daemen College community is required to be familiar with and act in accordance with this policy. This includes administrators, faculty, staff, students, contractors, and vendors. All violations of this policy will be addressed and, where appropriate, discipline will be administered. Any person or entity found in willful violation of this nondiscrimination policy shall be subject to termination, expulsion, or contract termination as appropriate.

The College President has assigned day-to-day responsibilities for the implementation and administration of this policy to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathleen Boone, who serves as the College’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer, Title IX Coordinator, and 504/ADA Coordinator. Any questions concerning this policy and any complaints of discrimination should be communicated to Dr. Boone, Duns Scotus Hall, Room 102, telephone (716) 839-8301 (campus extension 8301), kboone@daemen.edu.

A complaint of discrimination may also be filed with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education. Complaints are to be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged act of discrimination and may be made to the New York regional office of OCR:

New York Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: 646-428-3900
FAX: 646-428-3843; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

Accommodation of Students With Disabilities

Daemen College complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and applicable state and local laws providing for nondiscrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities.  This policy applies to participation in all College programs and activities.  Daemen College will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities so that they may participate at a level equivalent with that of non-disabled students.  In this connection, Daemen College has established an accommodation assessment procedure for evaluation of requested accommodation in light of legal guidelines. It is Daemen College’s policy to:

  • Ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner in the admissions process and that qualified students with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner with respect to all services, programs and activities.
  • Keep all medically related information confidential in accordance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Provide qualified applicants and students with disabilities with reasonable accommodation, except where such an accommodation would create an undue hardship on the College.
  • Notify individuals with disabilities that the College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities by including this policy in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.

PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING AN ACCOMMODATION

If a qualified applicant for admission to the College or a student of the College anticipates a need for an accommodation to complete a course of study or to participate in a College program or activity (student housing, etc.), the request for accommodation should be brought to the attention of the Associate Director of Disability Services. Where the disability or the need for an accommodation is not obvious, the individual  may be required to provide current evidence of the disability and the limitations that require accommodation.  The  Associate Director of Disability Services will discuss with the applicant or student the limitation resulting from the disability and the potential reasonable accommodations that the College might make. The Associate Director may also consult as needed with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the College’s 504/ADA Officer. The College has established specific guidelines for the documentation of disabilities; the guidelines may be obtained from the College’s 504/ADA officer (Associate VP), the Disability Services Office, or from the College’s website. The  Associate Director, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty, the 504/ADA Coordinator, and, if necessary, a professional evaluator retained by the College, will determine the feasibility of the requested accommodation, considering various factors including, but not limited to, the nature and the cost of the accommodation and whether the accommodation will impact the fundamental nature of the course or program.  The applicant/student will be informed of the College’s decision on the accommodation request.  If a student is not satisfied with the determination made by the College with respect to the request for accommodation, the student may file a grievance pursuant to the College’s Grievance Procedure in Discrimination Cases, a copy of which may be found in the Student Handbook or obtained from the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PROCEDURE FOR RECEIVING APPROVED ACCOMMODATIONS

The  Associate Director of Disability Services will give the student an Accommodation Form specifying the accommodations approved by the College.  It is the student’s right and responsibility to request approved accommodations in College programs, activities, or services.  In keeping with the College’s nondiscrimination policy, accommodations are to be made only at the request of the student, not assumed or imposed by other parties.  The student shall present his/her Accommodation Form to the appropriate faculty member or administrator to substantiate a request for accommodation. Accommodations should not be provided to students without evidence that the accommodation has been approved by the College.  A student lacking such documentation should be referred to the Associate Director of Disability Services  according to the above procedure for requesting an accommodation.

Should any problem arise in securing an approved accommodation, the student should bring the problem to the immediate attention of the 504/ADA Officer, who will assist in resolving the matter.  In addition, any member of the College community with questions or concerns about the College’s disability policy and procedures should contact the 504/ADA Officer. Retaliation against students,  applicants, or employees  for exercising their rights under this policy is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Claims of retaliation should be reported to the 504/ADA Officer (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Duns Scotus Hall, Room 102, telephone (716) 839-8301).

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA Policy)

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Daemen College has adopted a policy that protects the confidentiality of student educational records and grants third party access to such records only with the student’s consent or under other limited conditions. The College may publish certain directory information, such as the student’s name, address (including email), telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, enrollment status (includes advance registration data, anticipated graduation year, class status), resident status (commuter or resident), degrees and awards received, and the most recent educational institution attended by the student, unless advised in writing by the student not to do so. The College policy also grants students access to their records, except, where applicable, for the financial information of their parents. A procedure has been established whereby students can challenge the content of their educational records, and if appropriate, provide a written explanation to be placed into their records. To review the full policy, see the Student Handbook (online) or contact the Registrar’s Office.