The Virginia State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic, a specialized body recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the United States Department of Education (USDE).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) reviews complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation/approval standards. Any individual, for example, student, faculty, nutrition and dietetics practitioner and/or member of the public may submit a complaint against any accredited program to ACEND. However, the ACEND board does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admissions, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty or students. It acts only upon signed allegation that the program may not be compliance with the accreditation standards or policies. The complaint must be signed by the complainant. Anonymous complaints are not considered.
Complaints should be sent to ACEND at the address above only after all other options to settle the complaint through the program or Virginia State University grievance procedures have been exhausted. ACEND policies and procedures outline how complaints are handled once received.