CSE Student Complaint Procedure

The College of Saint Elizabeth is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey.

Founded as a liberal arts college for women in 1899, it has developed into a comprehensive institution and is currently classified in the Carnegie system as a Masters Large institution. As such, it offers programs in the humanities, in the natural, physical, and social sciences and in professional areas such as business, education, nursing, and other health-related areas.

In addition to the Women's College, the College offers coeducational programs for adult learners who enroll as Continuing Studies or Graduate students. These programs include ten master's degrees, a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and a new Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) which began in the fall of 2013.

The College was first incorporated under New Jersey State laws on May 19, 1900, and the first baccalaureate degrees were granted on June 18, 1903. In 1905. the New York Board of Regents extended to the College of Saint Elizabeth a formal certificate of registration of its degrees confirming earlier approval of its programs.

In 1917, the Association of American Colleges and Universities placed the College of Saint Elizabeth on its list of Approved Colleges and Universities, 96 in all, 17 for women, whose graduates were eligible for admission to the graduate schools of the 24 leading universities comprising the membership of the Association. The College was included in the first published list of accredited colleges issued by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1921 and has since continuously maintained its accreditation.

Student (or prospective student) complaints should first be filed through internal grievance procedures which can be found in the College Catalog (academic complaints), or the Student Handbook (non-academic complaints).

For assistance with this process, please contact the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education at (973) 290-4081, the Coordinator of Graduate Programs at (973) 290-4383 (for academic complaints) or the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at (973) 290-4203 (for non-academic complaints).

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through the proper College channels, in compliance with the federal government's Program Integrity regulations (34 C.F.R. §668.43), students (or prospective students) may then file a complaint with the College's accreditor and/or with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a such a complaint.

The contact information for CSE's accrediting agency and for its licensing authority are listed below:

Accrediting Agency
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (267) 284-5000
Fax: (215) 662-5501

Licensing Authority
Ms. Rochelle Hendricks
Secretary of Higher Education

Mailing Address:
NJ Higher Education
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08608-0542

Physical Address:
20 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608-1206
Tel: (609) 292-4310
Fax: (609) 292-7225 or (609) 633-8420