Multi-State Authorization Resources
- National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)
- State Higher Education Executive Officers Associate (SHEEO)
SHEEO advances public policies and academic practices that enable Americans to attain education beyond high school and achieve success in the 21st century economy.
- WCET State Authorization Network (SAN)
WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education.
What is multi-state authorization and why does it matter?
Requesting state approval for activities outside of New York State (NYS) is referred to as Multi-State Authorization. If you have a course or program with any activity or other triggering scenario occurring outside of New York State, authorization from the state where the activity will be conducted is required if NYU does not have coverage for that activity. If authorization is not sought when required, possible ramifications include fines, penalties such as misdemeanors or felony charges, students losing their credit for the course(s), and more. For more information about what state authorization is, please visit the Multi-State Authorization page.
How does state authorization work at NYU?
New York University (NYU) has a designated state authorization expert who oversees NYU adherence state authorization regulations, works with each school’s liaison to review state authorization activities, and inform schools of current and new regulations. Each school’s liaison then manages their school’s state authorization in order to maintain compliance. For further information regarding how this works, please visit the Maintaining Compliance page.
Do I need to get approval from a state other than New York?
Yes. Although a program may be approved in New York State (NYS), if activities occur outside of NYS, there is a possibility that another state regulates that activity. Please visit the Multi-State Authorization section of this site for further information.
Our school doesn’t do anything outside of New York State. Why do I need to know about multi-state authorization?
Even if your school does not conduct activities outside of New York State (NYS), it is still important to know and understand multi-state authorization. Understanding what is possible and how to smoothly achieve compliance could proactively information discussion on innovative academic activities and delivery methods.
What if my activity doesn’t have coverage? How long does requesting approval take?
If state authorization is required for the activity you would like to conduct, seeking state authorization can take from 2 months to over a year depending on the state and the oversight process. Certain applications require program specific information, which requires school’s participation in the application process.
Wait, didn't the issue of State Authorization go away with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)?
New York University’s SARA membership allows NYU to conduct certain activities in SARA states and territories. SARA does not cover everything such as activities that exceed thresholds, professional licensure board regulations, and more. Please visit the Multi-State Authorization section of this site to learn more.
We have State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) coverage, so I do not need to worry about professional licensure, right?
No. Professional licensure is overseen by separate agencies commonly known as state licensing boards. Whereas, state authorization is seeking approval from states’ departments of education.
If a school’s activity is regulated by a state licensing board or an equivalent agency, then the school must seek approval from that governing body prior to advertising, enrolling students, and/or conducting the experience. Depending on your school’s activities, you may also be subject to additional disclosure obligations.