3. Policy on Public Comments—Revised, 8/1/15
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The AC will accept written comments on programs that may apply, or have applied, for initial accreditation or re-accreditation. Written comments must be signed and include the writer’s contact information. Anonymous comments will not be accepted. The AC will not comment on whether a program may or has applied for accreditation or re-accreditation. All comments will be kept confidential.

Whenever the AC plans to take action on a program’s re-accreditation status, the AC provides for a public-comment period of at least 21 days’ duration before the meeting at which the hearing is scheduled.

The AC places on its website and, at its discretion, circulates an official public-comment notice to relevant organizations and agencies, and requires the program to publicize the comment period on its website. The official notice contains the name of the program, the accreditation action before the AC, the date of the AC meeting, and the date for the ending of the public-comment period (which is at least 15 days before the AC's meeting). Commenters must identify themselves and their organizational affiliation to the AC; however, the AC keeps confidential the names and affiliations of commenters.