FAQs For COVID-Related Distance Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has published a Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-Related Distance Education (DE-FAQs) page to support those institutions that have been granted a temporary waiver of the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures to offer programs through distance learning resulting from interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The DE-FAQs provide general guidance on distance education delivery, provide answers to questions about the Commission’s Substantive Change policy and procedures for a change in an existing method of delivery, as well as information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) regarding how to report distance education on the IPEDS report.

The general guidance includes information on federal requirements for regular and substantive interaction under the recently published Distance Learning and Innovation federal regulations, student identity verification, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the duration of the flexibility, and other information on the approval and delivery of academic programs through distance learning.

The DE-FAQs can be accessed here, on the Policies Tab, or on the COVID information page.  The DE-FAQs will be updated to reflect any additional guidance or as the Commission receives new information from the USDE.