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Student Policies

Accessibility and Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services provides academic support to qualified students with documented disabilities. Any student requesting an academic accommodation must schedule a meeting with Disability Support Services and provide documentation of disability and to complete the appropriate paperwork.

More information can be found on the Disability Support Services webpage.


Grand Rapids Community College has been accredited continuously since 1917 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

More information can be found on our Accreditation webpage.


U.S. law governs the use of copyrighted material; Grand Rapids Community College fully supports these laws.

More information can be found on the Copyright webpage.

Identity Verification & Security

Test and exam proctoring is available and offered to students based on the instructor or course requirements for in person assessments. More information can be found on the Academic Testing Services webpage.

Each student has a unique user authentication that includes a username and password that enables access to the Online Center (PeopleSoft), Blackboard and other campus services.

Online resources at GRCC are also at Acceptable Use Agreement.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

GRCC has been approved by the state of Michigan to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. GRCC is authorized to operate in all states that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

Information Related to Professional Licensure

Federal regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) requires an institution to make readily available to enrolled and prospective students whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification meet educational requirements.

Students considering pursuing an academic program that leads to professional licensure are advised that GRCC's programs prepare students to practice in the state of Michigan and are not intended to prepare students for out of state licensure. GRCC has not determined whether its curriculum prepares students for licensure in any other state.

Students enrolled in GRCC's programs seeking to practice outside the state of Michigan are advised to contact the appropriate licensing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their home state.

Student Complaint Process for Out of State Enrollments

GRCC works in cooperation with related departments and statewide through NC-SARA to comply with governmental regulations to provide online learning courses to students outside of Michigan.

Grand Rapids Community College students should follow the GRCC Complaint Process and the GRCC Student Academic Grievance Procedure for final grades, and in compliance with the following Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 the following information is also available for out of state students:

"§ 668.43 (b) Institutional Information - Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (b) The institution must make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint."

NC-SARA State Portal Entity Contacts for Complaints 

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency