Dear ACAOM, Please consider this your final opportunity to respond to the Community Acupuncture Network’s (CAN) complaint regarding your February 2010 decision to “authorize the ACAOM Doctoral Task Force to complete its work in developing standards for accrediting first-professional doctoral programs in AOM for the Commission’s review and consideration.”
As a recapitulation of our activities and your responses:
- April 2, 2010: CAN posted an official letter of complaint on CAN’s public blog. ACAOM did not respond to the public blog.
- May 12, 2010: Letter of complaint from CAN was received at ACAOM offices, according to Lacy Spencer. ACAOM said that they would offer an official response after their annual meeting in August of 2010.
- ACAOM did not offer a response to CAN, pursuant to ACAOM’s August 2010 meeting.
- September 6, 2010: (CAN’s outgoing Board President) Andy Wegman sent an email to Lacy Spencer, inquiring about ACAOM’s official response. ACAOM did not reply to Andy Wegman’s email.
- To date, no response has been made regarding CAN’s formal complaint.
Per Section 3.12 of the ACAOM Policy & Procedure book: “the complainant will be notified in writing within 30 days of the Commission meeting of any action taken by the Commission in response to the complaint.”
Per Section 602.23.c.3 of the USDE’s Financial Aid for Postsecondary Students, Accreditation in the US, Subpart B: Criteria for Recognition’s Basic Eligibility Requirements: “The accrediting agency must review in a timely, fair, and equitable manner, and apply unbiased judgment to, any complaints against itself and take follow-up action, as appropriate, based on the results of its review.”
CAN has graciously given you more than six months to respond. Our patience is at an end.
If the Community Acupuncture Network’s formal complaint is not addressed in full within ten days, we will have no choice but to contact the USDE and NACIQI.
Sincerely, Jessica Feltz and Larry Gatti
*Delivered at 11:50 am on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.