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.


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:, Spanish: españ 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).

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in Accounting and Business Administration and dual (B.S./M.S.) degrees 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, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), January 2011. E-mail:

The Athletic Training dual degree programs (B.S./M.S. Health Promotion/Athletic Training; B.S./M.S. Natural Science/Athletic Training) are 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.

Baccalaureate Educator Preparation programs are currently pursuing accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), P.O. Box 7511 Fairfax Station, VA 22039-9998. Email:  Pursuant to the Regulations (52.21) of the New York Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Daemen College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.

Nursing baccalaureate (B.S.) programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),  3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020, ACEN is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), September 2011, and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and Certificate in Paralegal Studies are approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, (312) 988-5000, Hotline (800) 285-2221.  American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) 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: 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 that 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 Physician Assistant Studies program (B.S./M.S., M.S.) is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Daemen College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Daemen College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

The Social Work baccalaureate and masters (MSW) programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314-3457, (703) 683-8080, fax (703) 683-8099, email:  CSWE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), April 2003.


  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Governing Boards
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • National Association of Independent Colleges 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 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:


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 Assistant Vice President for Student Success, 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 the Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Sabrina Fennell, in the Student Success Center, Research and Information Commons, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226, telephone: 716.839.8228 for assistance.

Nondiscrimination & 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 anti-discrimination laws.  It is the policy of Daemen College to provide all students, applicants, and employees 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 Director of Diversity and Inclusion, who is the College’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer. Any questions concerning this policy and any complaints of discrimination should be communicated to the EOAA Officer, Duns Scotus, Room 115, telephone (716) 839-7699.

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

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.


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 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 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 Director may also consult as needed with the College’s 504/ADA Officer (the Assistant Vice President for Student Success). The College has established specific guidelines for the documentation of disabilities; the guidelines may be obtained from the College’s 504/ADA officer, the Disability Services Office, or from the College’s website. The 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.


The 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 the 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 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 (Assistant Vice President for Student Success), Research & Information Commons, telephone (716) 839-8228.)

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.