Institutional Policy: E-02
E 02-1. Authority
W. Va. Code § 18B-1-6
W. Va. Code R. § 133-4
E 02-2. Policy
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (“WVSOM”) shall comply with the accreditation standards/criteria prescribed by its institutional accreditor, Higher Learning Commission (“HLC”), and its programmatic/specialized accreditor, the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (“AOA COCA”).
WVSOM will comply with the most current accreditation standards/criteria as prescribed in the appropriate agency’s documents as listed below. In all cases, the more stringent accreditation standards/criteria supersede all other accreditation standards/criteria.
Higher Learning Commission: The Criteria for Accreditation (https://www.hlcommission.org/Criteria-Eligibility-and-Candidacy/criteria-and-core-components.html)
Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation: COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures (http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/COMaccreditation)
WVSOM lists its relationship with its accreditors on its webpage at http://www.wvsom.edu/About/wvsom-accreditation.
WVSOM places the HLC Mark of Affiliation on its webpage as required, at http://www.wvsom.edu/About/wvsom-accreditation. The Mark of Affiliation allows the public to view WVSOM’s affiliation with HLC.
The AOA COCA provides the public with a list of its accredited institutions and its next evaluation date on its webpage at http://www.osteopathic.org/insideaoa/accreditation/COM-accreditation/Documents/current-list-of-colleges-ofosteopathic-medicine.pdf.