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State Authorization of Distance Education Outside of California

Please be aware of the following information if you will not reside in California while enrolled in distance education courses at College of the Siskiyous.

College of the Siskiyous delivers a growing number of online education courses and programs throughout the United States and its territories. All have been approved by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. If you are or will be enrolled in a program delivered completely online, please contact the Registrar's Office:

Due in part to the increased popularity of distance education, many states have prescribed an "authorization" process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents. States are attempting through these processes to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree and to instill greater consumer protection for their student citizens.

Authorization (sometimes referred to as "registration," "licensure," "approval," etc.) indicates that certain minimum standards have been met by the institution under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution do not necessarily transfer to all other institutions.

College of the Siskiyous has taken steps to protect its students and operations nationwide. The institution has been granted authorizations, exemptions and waivers from many states. In other states, College of the Siskiyous can operate without such authorization because the state's laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the college's activities in that state.

Please contact to see if your state is approved for State Authorization.

We advise students residing in unapproved states, not to enroll in distance education classes at College of the Siskiyous.

Student's Residence

Students who are living in California but have not gained California Residency do not fall under the state authorization regulations. Students' residency for State Authorization purposes is determined by their local address.

College of the Siskiyous' Authorization Status

College of the Siskiyous is accredited by ACCJC/WASC and complies with all applicable California Education Codes. College of the Siskiyous is physically located at 800 College Avenue, Weed, CA 96094 and is legally authorized to operate in the state of California.

Process for Consumer Complaints

If you are a student who wishes to complain about a College of the Siskiyous course delivered via distance education, please contact your instructor. If you are unable to resolve your complaint through the instructor, please contact the Dean of the department. If you are unable to resolve your complaint through the Dean, please contact the Vice President of Academic Affairs. If you are unable to resolve your complaint at any of these levels, please consider contacting the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/Western Association of Schools and Colleges at 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949. Phone: (415) 506-0234, email:


Maria Fernandez – Distance Learning Faculty Coordinator

Meghan Witherell - Registrar