ACEN Accreditation Manual – Policy 7

ACEN Accreditation Manual – Section II Policies

POLICY #7
Voluntary Withdrawal from ACEN Accreditation


Accredited programs voluntarily withdrawing from ACEN accreditation must submit written notification of their decision signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the governing organization and the nurse administrator of the nursing program to the attention of the ACEN Chief Executive Officer. When a nursing program voluntarily withdraws from the ACEN, the program’s accreditation will continue through (1) the end of the nursing program’s current initial or continuing accreditation period, (2) the end of the current ACEN fall or spring accreditation cycle*, or (3) a date specified by the program prior to the end of the current ACEN fall or spring accreditation cycle*. The program must specify the intended accreditation withdrawal date in its written notification to the ACEN. At the selected date of withdrawal, the nursing program will be removed from the ACEN’s listings of accredited programs. The nursing program must remove all references to ACEN accreditation intended to inform the public including all print and electronic documents.

The ACEN will deem as a voluntary withdrawal from accreditation any refusal or failure of an accredited program to submit to a required (1) Site Visit, Follow-Up Visit, or Focused Site Visit, (2) Self-Study Report, Follow-Up Report, or Focused Site Visit Report, or (3) other requested information. The effective date of the withdrawal will be the last day of the current ACEN accreditation cycle*. The program will be notified in writing by the ACEN Chief Executive Officer within 30 calendar days of an accredited program refusing or failing to submit to a required (1) Site Visit, Follow-Up Visit, or Focused Site Visit, (2) Self-Study Report, Follow-Up Report, or Focused Visit Report, or (3) other requested information.

The ACEN will deem as a voluntary withdrawal from accreditation any refusal or failure of an accredited program to pay its fees and expenses when due. The effective date of the withdrawal will be the last day of the current ACEN accreditation cycle*. The program will be notified in writing by the ACEN Chief Executive Officer within 30 calendar days of an accredited program refusing or failing to pay its fees and expenses on a timely basis.

A nursing program may initiate the candidacy process for initial accreditation at any time after voluntarily withdrawing from accreditation and being removed from the list of accredited programs.

A nursing program may reinitiate the candidacy process for initial accreditation at any time after voluntarily withdrawing from its initial accreditation process. A nursing program must voluntarily withdraw from the candidacy process for initial accreditation before reinitiating the candidacy process.

*Fall Cycle: July 1 to December 31
Spring Cycle: January 1 to June 30

 

Policy #7 History
Revised July 2015
Revised March 2016
Revised July 2017

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