Student Privacy/Complaints
Student Privacy

Broward College has written policies for protecting the privacy of all students. These policies incorporate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and applicable state statutes.

The policies are described in the College Catalog in the Student Rights and Responsibilities sections and in the BC Student Handbook.

Laptop on a table with a secured lock graphic on the screen.
Students standing at a desk speaking to a female receptionist.

BC Online
Complaint Process

Broward College desires to address student complaints and resolve student issues, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students enrolled in online courses who desire to file a complaint should follow the Complaint Process for Non-instructional Issues (BC Policy 6Hx2-5.26). (For appeals related to the final course grade, please see the information regarding grade appeals on page 70 of the Student Handbook.) An example of a student complaint might be in regards to a faculty member's timeliness in grading and providing feedback on assignments. Students in this situation should first contact the Associate Dean of the department and continue to follow the resolution procedure as outlined in Procedure 5.23 above.

Students are encouraged to communicate their complaints informally first through the incremental levels within the organization as indicated in the procedure for this policy. If no resolution is achieved from levels one through three within the organizational structure, then students can file formal complaints with the appropriate Dean or the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. You may begin the process online, by emailing your statement/complaint to: which will be forwarded to the Dean of Student Services for BC Online. If you choose to file your complaint in person, please call 954-201-7900 for an appointment.

After exhausting all institutional complaint processes, students may file a complaint with the Florida Department of Education-Division of Colleges, and/or with Broward College's regional accrediting agency, The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Most complaint processes external to Broward College require that the student:

  • Document the steps taken to exhaust the institution's grievance process.
  • Describe the action taken by the institution to date in response to the student complaint.
  • Provide a copy of the institution's response to the student as a result of following the college's procedures.


Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges



Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools,
Commission on Colleges

  • (404) 679-450
  • 186 Southern Lane
  • Decatur, GA 30033-4097


U.S. Agencies

Regulatory Agencies in Other States

A list of regulatory agencies and contact information for each state where available.

FL-SARA Complaint Process

Distance education students, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non‐instructional complaints to the FL‐SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page.

National Council for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements logo.

Backed by decades of excellence

Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). To read the full SACSCOC Accreditation statement, please visit our Institutional Accreditation page.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges logo.
Why BC Online?
About Us

6400 NW 6th Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-201-7900
Fax: 954-201-7937

Privacy Statement

There is no better time, start your online story today.