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Accreditation

Programs of Clinical Pastoral Education at UNC Hospitals are accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer Level I/II and Supervisory CPE.

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education may be contacted at:

One West Court Square
Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit programs of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in the United States. ACPE currently accredits over 300 CPE programs offered in hospitals, prisons, churches, seminaries, community-based organizations, and other settings across the United States.

Accreditation is a primary means of quality assurance in the field of CPE. Having originated in institutions of higher education in North America, accreditation is a voluntary activity in which institutions agree on standards of institutional and educational quality and hold themselves, as well as other institutions, accountable to those standards. Accreditation offers an opportunity to institutions to demonstrate that they are committed to maintain a high level of quality in their programs and that their programs are performing at the level required by the field. Continued accreditation by ACPE provides lasting benefits to students, the institution, faculty members and employees, the profession and the larger community.

Annual Notice: Student Record Information

Student Rights Concerning Records

This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control  over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Directory Information

The Department of Pastoral Care of UNC Hospitals shares public information about students. The following is a list of public information:

  • Your name
  • Your participation in the CPE Program
  • Your faith group affiliation
  • Colleges/graduate schools you have attended
  • Your photo with other members of your training group

The Department will share public information about you unless you direct us otherwise in writing. To opt out, cross out the information listed above, initial next to the line, and return to your supervisor.

Definition of Student Records

A student record is: (1) any record (paper, electronic, video, audio, biometric, etc.) directly related to the student from which the student’s identity can be recognized; and (2) maintained by the education program/institution or a person acting for the institution.

Record Management Protocol and Students’ Rights to Objection to Content

The Pastoral Care Department’s record management policy is set forth in Educational Policy ED-10 which I attached hereto and is also set forth in the Student Handbook.

A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.

Individual with Access to Student Records

The only individuals within the Department of Pastoral Care that have access to student records without specific student consent are the educational officials with legitimate interest in student records. Educational officials with a legitimate educational interest in student records at UNC Hospitals are the Pastoral Care Department’s ACPE supervisors and administrative assistant. Access to student records may be permitted for purposes of ACPAEA accreditation review or in the event that a student complaint is filed. 

Violations

Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA  30033.

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