Southern Nazarene University is accredited by

The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456


Southern Nazarene University is:

SNU is an licensed educational provider located in Bethany, Oklahoma and several locations throughout the state of Oklahoma. The university serves students from the South Central educational region of the Church of the Nazarene, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas and across the nation through programs offered at the Bethany campus and other Oklahoma locations.

Additionally, it is authorized to provide online educational programs to students in various states through its participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative for institutions without a physical presence in the state. Students are responsible for checking with the appropriate education authority in their state to confirm that online course delivery by out of state institutions not licensed in their state is authorized [or, “not prohibited”].

Complaint Process

It is the policy of the University to resolve student complaints through the university appeals process outlined in the SNU Student Handbook and SNU Academic Catalog. The processes outlined in these documents resolve in a final and exclusive manner any complaint of violations of university policies and procedures contained therein and any and all other unresolved student complaints based on the university’s policy against discrimination, harassment and complaints challenging a final grade. Any other complaint or controversy which relates to the interpretation or the application of the Student Handbook, Catalog or of other publications of the university related to students shall be finally exclusively resolved by the General Student Complaint Procedure.

If a student pursues the complaint via the SNU’s formal procedures for complaints to the highest level possible and still perceives the concerns have not been adequately addressed, the student may file a complaint against SNU with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). It is important to note that, as per OSRHE policy, the student must have exhausted the SNU’s complaint and appeal process before the OSHRE will attempt to help the student identify any possible resolution with the institution. OSHRE serves as the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement portal for complaints made by out-of-state students enrolled in classes and programs through distance education. A student may also submit unresolved complaints to SNU’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.

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