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ACCET Complaint Procedure 

This institution is recognized by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) as meeting and maintaining certain standards of quality. It is the mutual goal of ACCET and the institution to ensure that educational training programs of quality are provided. When problems arise, students should make every attempt to find a fair and reasonable solution through the institution’s internal complaint procedure, which is required of ACCET accredited institutions and frequently requires the submission of a written complaint. Refer to the institution’s written complaint procedure which is published in the institution’s catalog or otherwise available from the institution, upon request. Note that ACCET will process complaints which involve ACCET standards and policies and, therefore, are within the scope of the accrediting agency.
In the event that a student has exercised the institution's formal student complaint procedure, and the problem(s) have not been resolved, the student has the right and is encouraged to take the following steps:
1. Complaints should be submitted in writing and mailed, or emailed to the ACCET office. Complaints received by phone will be documented, but the complainant will be requested to submit the complaint in writing.
2. The letter of complaint must contain the following:
a) Name and location of the ACCET institution;
b) A detailed description of the alleged problem(s);
c) The approximate date(s) that the problem(s) occurred;
d) The names and titles/positions of all individual(s) involved in the problem(s), including faculty, staff, and/or other students;
e) What was previously done to resolve the complaint, along with evidence demonstrating that the institution's complaint procedure was followed prior to contacting ACCET;
f) The name, email address, telephone number, and mailing address of the complainant. If the complainant specifically requests that anonymity be maintained, ACCET will not reveal his or her name to the institution involved; and
g) The status of the complainant with the institution (e.g. current student, former student, etc.).
3. In addition to the letter of complaint, copies of any relevant supporting documentation should be forwarded to ACCET (e.g. student’s enrollment agreement, syllabus or course outline, correspondence between the student and the institution).
1722 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 955-1113
Fax: (202) 955-1118 or (202) 955-5306
Note: Complainants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 15 days.

BPPE Complaint Procedure and Form

Adams College of English is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Most consumers receive a quality education and have a generally positive experience from attending an approved private postsecondary educational institution (institution). However, in the event a consumer believes an institution's administrative processes or educational programs are compromised and not up to the required minimum standards, the Bureau should be notified. A complaint may be filed by writing (Complaint Form) or calling the Bureau's Enforcement Section at the following address and telephone number:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 N. Market Blvd, suite 225
Sacramento, CA 95834

Telephone: (916) 574-8900
FAX: (916) 263-1897

An alternative avenue for filing a Complaint is to utilize the California Department of Consumer Affairs' (DCA) online Complaint Form (On-line Complaint Form). The DCA will forward the On-line Complaint to the Bureau.
* Complaint Form can be found at

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