1. Policy on Submission and Review of Applications—Revised, 8/1/15
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Only IAYT Member Schools may apply for accreditation of a yoga therapy training program. A Member School with a yoga therapy training program may submit a completed accreditation application at any time. If a Member School has questions about its readiness to seek accreditation or the review process, it may contact the Accreditation Manager to discuss its situation.

Before submitting an application for accreditation, a Member School must formally communicate its intention to apply for accreditation of its yoga therapy training program, submit a completed readiness assessment, and participate in a meeting with the AC Manager (and, at the AC Manager’s discretion, an AC member) to discuss the application requirements and process, the application review and decision process, and all policies and procedures that govern these processes. This conference call provides an opportunity for a Member School to ask clarifying questions and for the AC to provide information to help ensure a smooth application and decision process. Communicating the intention to apply for accreditation and submitting a completed readiness assessment are handled electronically through the IAYT website.

Accreditation applications are processed as follows:

  1. The Member School submits the accreditation application to the Accreditation Manager for verification that the application submission is complete, including inclusion of the required application fee and all required materials. The Accreditation Manager contacts the Member School to acknowledge receipt of the application within 14 days of receipt. Within three (3) months of receipt of the application, the Accreditation Manager notifies the program regarding the status of the verification process.

    If the application is incomplete, the Accreditation Manager informs the program of the deficiencies, including any missing information and/or documentation. The program has six (6) months in which to remedy deficiencies by submitting additional materials. Upon receipt of the additional materials, the Accreditation Manager conducts a second round of verification to determine whether the application submission is complete. If there are still deficiencies, the program will be given one (1) more opportunity to remedy the deficiencies within six (6) months; if the program fails to remedy the remaining deficiencies, its application automatically lapses, in which case the program must submit a new application along with a new application fee if it wishes to seek accreditation at a later time.

  2. If the application submission is deemed complete, the Accreditation Manager assigns and forwards the application to a review committee within the Accreditation Committee for review; the committee’s review process takes place within three (3) months of receipt of the complete submission. Based on its review, the review committee may either (i) request additional information or documentation to be provided within three (3) months, or (ii) forward the application to the AC with a recommendation regarding accreditation of the program. At its discretion, the review committee may make exceptions on reasonable grounds to the three (3) month period an applicant has to submit requested additional information.

    When additional information or documentation is needed from an applicant during the review committee process, the applicant has two (2) opportunities to provide requested information or documentation before the review committee recommends to the AC to defer action on the application for a period not to exceed one (1) year due to the program's lack of compliance with the IAYT's standards and policies (see Section 6 below).

    Upon receipt of the requested additional information or documentation, the review committee evaluates the additional information or documentation in the context of the entire application; the committee’s review process takes place within three (3) months of receipt of the complete submission. Based on its review, the review committee may either (i) make a second request for additional information or documentation to be provided within three (3) months, or (ii) forward the application to the AC with a recommendation regarding accreditation of the program. At its discretion, the review committee may make exceptions on reasonable grounds to the three (3) month period an applicant has to submit requested additional information.

    Upon receipt of the requested additional information or documentation, the review committee evaluates the additional information or documentation in the context of the entire application; the committee’s review process takes place within three (3) months of receipt of the complete submission. Based on its review, the review committee may either (i) forward the application to the AC with a recommendation to defer action on the application for a period not to exceed one year due to the program's lack of compliance with the IAYT’s standards and policies (see Section 6 below); or (ii) forward the application to the AC with a recommendation to grant or to deny accreditation of the program.

    In the event that a program fails to provide requested information or materials to a review committee within three (3) months, the application automatically lapses, in which case the program must submit a new application along with a new application fee if it wishes to seek accreditation at a later time. In the event that the review committee forwards the application to the AC, the AC will evaluate the application at its next regularly scheduled meeting. To be on the review agenda, the application must be received by the AC at least one (1) month prior to its meeting.

  3. At the meeting at which it evaluates a program's application, the AC holds a hearing in closed session on the accreditation application. The AC may require representatives of the program to be in attendance via conference call to provide information and answer questions. Following discussion with program representatives, the representatives leave the hearing and the AC makes a decision on the application.

  4. Based on its review, the AC may:
    a) Approve the application and grant accreditation status;
    b) Request additional information or documentation to be provided to the AC within a specified timeframe;
    c) Defer action on the application for a period not to exceed one year due to the program’s lack of compliance with the IAYT's standards and policies (see Section 6 below); or
    d) Deny accreditation due to substantial lack of compliance with the IAYT's standards and policies.

  5. The AC’s decision is conveyed to the program in writing within 14 days of the hearing.

  6. In the event that a program fails to provide requested information or materials within the timeframe specified by the AC in accordance with Section 4b above, the application automatically lapses. In the event of a lapsed application, the program must submit a new application along with a new fee if it wishes to seek accreditation at a later time.

  7. The AC defers action in accordance with Section 4c above if it believes that the program is capable of coming into compliance with the IAYT standards and policies within a specified time period. If the AC defers action on the accreditation application, the AC will inform the program of its deficiencies and request the program to provide information and documentation demonstrating that it has satisfactorily addressed the deficiencies identified by the AC within the time period specified. An action to defer a decision on accreditation cannot be appealed. If the program fails to address the deficiencies within the time period specified by the AC to the AC's satisfaction, the AC may deny accreditation.

  8. If the AC denies accreditation, it will inform the program of the deficiencies upon which the decision to deny was based. A decision to deny accreditation may be appealed in accordance with the Policy on Appeals. If the AC denies accreditation to a program, the program must wait at least one year from the date of denial before it may submit a new application for accreditation.

  9. A program may decide to withdraw its accreditation application at any time prior to a final decision of the AC to approve or deny the application. If the program does so, the IAYT refunds half of the application fee. A program that withdraws its application must wait at least one year before resubmitting a new application, and it must pay another full application fee.