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National Association for College Admission Counseling- Professional Standards

Professional Standards

​​​​​NACAC's code of conduct, outlined in the organization's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP), enforces the association's responsibility to protect students’ rights in the transition to postsecondary education, through monitoring and enforcing ethical standards and practices.​The Compliance Center provides information on federal laws and regulations pertaining to the work of NACAC members. Click on any of the issues below to find out more information. For more information on the US Department of Education's Program Integrity regulations, please review the Program Integrity Information Q&A.

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  • Gainful Employment

    To remain eligible for Title IV student aid program funds unde​r the Higher Education Act, vocational programs of training at non-profit and for-profit institutions are required by statute to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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  • Incentive Compensation

    The U.S. Department of Education's regulations for improving the integrity of federal student aid programs with regard to incentive compensation.

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  • Misrepresentation

    Highlights regulations associated with institutional and program integrity as it pertains to the nature of an eligible institution's educational programs, its financial charges, and the employability of its graduates.

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  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    Protects consumers from unsolicited phone calls by restricting telemarketing, pre-recorded, or auto-dialed calls.

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  • The Clery Act

    Requires all postsecondary institutions receiving federal aid to publish and distribute Annual Security Reports (ASRs) by October 1 each year that include specific campus crime statistics and policies.

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  • ​The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    A Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

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  • Verification of High School Completion

    Institutions are required to develop and follow procedures for evaluation of the validity of a student’s high school completion if the institution or the Department of Education has reason to believe that the high school diploma is not valid or was not obtained from an entity approved to provide secondary education.

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  • European Union General Data Protection Regulation Guidance

    In April 2016, the European Parliament and European Council approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the rule takes effect beginning May 25, 2018. Any institution that processes and/or maintains data of students or citizens of the EU is subject to these regulations.

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  • Tax Guidance

    Under the Internal Revenue Code, NACAC and its affiliates are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective public office.

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