Student Complaints

How do I submit a student complaint about a New Mexico public post-secondary institution or private post-secondary institution that is licensed or registered in New Mexico?

NMHED has authority to help facilitate resolution to student complaints, only after the student has utilized all internal complaint procedures at the educational institution. After receiving a Student Complaint Form, NMHED staff will review the form and attachments. NMHED may contact the student via email for additional information or clarification. If the initial review falls within the purview of NMHED we shall attempt to facilitate a resolution to the complaint by sending a copy of the complaint to the institution against which the complaint has been made. All parties will be notified of the outcome of the complaint.

Student complaints about grades or student conduct may not be appealed.

Complaints from students attending a New Mexico public post-secondary institution must be submitted within two years of their last date of enrollment or incident about which the complaint is made, whichever is latest in time.

Complaints from students attending a private post-secondary institution that is licensed or registered in New Mexico must file a complaint with the department within three years of their last date of enrollment.

CLICK HERE to download the NMHED Student Complaint Form.

Once complete, the form and supporting attachments should be emailed to the attention of the New Mexico Higher Education Department at: HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.

How do I submit a student complaint about a Distance Education program at one of New Mexico's NC-SARA institutions?

CLICK HERE to learn more about NC-SARA.

The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is New Mexico's state portal entity for NC-SARA and has authority to help facilitate resolution to student complaints, only after the student has utilized all internal complaint procedures at the educational institution. After receiving a Student Complaint Form, NMHED staff will review the form and attachments. NMHED may contact the student via email for additional information or clarification. If the initial review indicates the complaint is covered under NC-SARA's complaint policies, NMHED shall attempt to facilitate a resolution to the complaint by sending a copy of the complaint to the institution against which the complaint has been made. Only complaints resulting from distance education courses, activities and operations provided by NC-SARA-participating institutions to students in other NC-SARA states are covered by NC-SARA policies. All parties will be notified of the outcome of the complaint.

Note - Student complaints about grades or student conduct may not be appealed.

CLICK HERE to download the NMHED Student Complaint Form.

Once complete, the form and supporting attachments should be emailed to the attention of the New Mexico Higher Education Department at: HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.

Regulations:

CLICK HERE to access 5.5.5 NMAC CLOSURE AND STUDENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 5.5.5 NMAC is New Mexico's administrative code pertaining to student complaints at New Mexico public institutions.

CLICK HERE to access 5.99.1 NMAC PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS OPERATING UNDER THE INTERSTATE DISTANCE EDUCATION ACT. 5.99.1 NMAC is New Mexico's administrative code pertaining to distance education and includes provisions relating to distance education student complaints.

CLICK HERE to access 5.100.6 NMAC REGISTRATION UNDER THE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION ACT. 5.100.6 NMAC is New Mexico's administrative code pertaining to registration of private schools and includes provisions relating to student complaints.

CLICK HERE to access 5.100.7 NMAC LICENSURE UNDER THE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION ACT. 5.100.7 NMAC is New Mexico's administrative code pertaining to licensure of private schools and includes provisions relating to student complaints.

Questions:

If you have questions about submitting a complaint through the New Mexico Higher Education Department please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us or call (505)476-8411.

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.