COVID-19 Resources: Policy and Regulations

Resources on federal and state policies and regulations that are being impacted during the pandemic. This category includes topics such as accreditation, state authorization, veteran students, financial aid, and distance education authorization.

*** - Three asterisks means that we have identified these items as especially helpful and have pinned them permanently to the top of the list. After those items, all resources will be listed chronologically with the newest items first.

WCET Policy Briefs and Analysis

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Institutional Approval by Department of Education to Go Online WCET 3/19/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Institutional Approval by Accreditors to Go Online WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Program Approval by Program Accreditors to Go Online WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Policy Brief: State Authorization for Distance Education WCET 3/21/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: Accessibility for Courses Converted to Online WCET 3/23/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Policy Brief: GI Bill Benefits for Students Learning Online WCET 3/23/20
WCET icon to signify internally created resource.Policy Brief: Regular and Substantive Interaction When Going Online as a Response to COVID-19 WCET 3/19/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Policy Brief: Satisfactory Academic Progress and COVID-19 WCET 3/20/20
WCET icon to signify and internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Accreditation, Continuity of Operations, and COVID-19 Van Davis, WCET 3/12/20
WCET icon to signify an internally created resource.Frontiers Blog: Breaking News: U.S. Department of Education Guidance for interruptions of study related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Cheryl Dowd, WCET 3/5/20

Federal Agencies

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
***COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel U.S. Department of Education  
***U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response U.S. Department of Education 3/17/20
***COVID-19 Guidance Weblinks Institutional (formerly regional) Accreditors WCET SAN 3/19/20
COVID-19 Weblinks Programmatic Accreditors WCET SAN 3/19/20
***FERPA and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Department of Education, Student Privacy Policy Office 3/2020
***Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents Federal Student Aid  
***Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Updated: 3/20/20
***Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies U.S. Department of Education 3/17/20
***Information Update: VA preparing guidance for schools that change training modality due to COVID-19 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs 3/13/20
***Guidance on GI Bill Benefits from the Veterans Administration - Questions & Answers and Frequently Asked Questions   Updated: 3/13/20
***Keep Americans Connected Federal Communications Commission  

General Resources

Title with Hyperlink Author Date Published
***Coronavirus Web Center (Financial Aid focused) National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Continuously updated
Managing COVID-19 Update: Legislative Fix Protects GI Bill Benefits Matt Johnson, Shannon Noonan, and Caitlyn Shelby, CooleyED 3/25/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: ED Updates Guidance for Changes and Interruptions of Study Nancy Anderson and Rebecca Flake, CooleyED 3/24/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Key Student Privacy Requirements Remain Unchanged Matt Johnson, CooleyED 3/23/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Online Accessibility and Anti-Discrimination in Schools Nancy Anderson and Paul Thompson, CooleyED 3/18/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: FERPA Matt Johnson, CooleyED 3/13/20
Managing COVID-19 Disruption: Title IV Processing CooleyED 3/12/20