Professional Education Program Review

Filing a Complaint About a College of University

The Office of Professional Education Program Review will attempt to assist in the resolution of complaints about academic quality, refunds, and proper application of published institutional policies in professional programs (i.e., related to the licensed professions) at postsecondary institutions in New York State.

Please note, to complain about service or treatment by a professional licensed to practice by the State of New York, or about illegal practice of a profession by an unlicensed person please visit for more information.

The Department will no take action until all grievance procedures at the institution have been followed and all avenues of appeal exhausted. These steps should be documented in the complaint.

Additionally, the Department will not intervene when the complaint concerns the following matters:

  • Grades or examination results, which are the prerogative of the college faculty.
  • Complaints concerning general academic programs should be directed to the Office of College and University Evaluation
  • Discrimination against enrolled students on the part of the institution or faculty; complaints should be filed with the:

    Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcement Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
    New York, NY 10005-2500
    Telephone: 646-428-3900
    Fax: 646-428-3843
    TDD: 877-521-2172
    Or with:
    NYS Division of Human Rights

  • Complaints about a college in the State University system should be sent to:

    State University of New York
    Central Administration
    State University Plaza
    Albany, NY 12246

    More information about the process for State University of New York campuses can be found by clicking here

  • Complaints about a college in the City University system should be sent to:

    City University of New York
    Office of the General Counsel
    205 East 42nd Street, 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

  • In addition to the financial aid office of the institution, complaints regarding financial aid should be sent to:

    Higher Education Services Corporation
    Customer Communications Center
    1 Commerce Plaza
    Albany, NY 12210
    Telephone Number: 1-888-NYS-HESC

  • Complaint involving implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act should be sent to:

    Advocate's Office for Persons with Disabilities
    Empire State Plaza
    Agency Building 1, Suite 1001
    Albany, NY 12223

    Counsel, Advocate for the Disabled
    Governor's Office
    The Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224

    Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
    One Commerce Plaza
    Albany, NY 12210

Last Updated: April 24, 2019