Accreditation, Safety and Privacy


Samuel Merritt University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; phone 510.748.9001. The Accrediting Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Our Commitment to Your Rights

We are committed to your rights as a student and as an applicant to Samuel Merritt University. Therefore, we take seriously and adhere to the following policies:

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Samuel Merritt University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. Nondiscrimination is consonant with the principles and practice of the University and is in compliance with Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

FERPA, or the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational record. Without specific, written permission from you, the applicant to Samuel Merritt University, we will not discuss your application for admission with any other individual, except as provided within this Act.

Annual Campus Safety and Security Notice

Samuel Merritt University's 2014 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report is now available. This report, required of all institutions receiving federal financial aid, contains crime statistics and policy statements for all three (3) campuses. The policy statements address the University's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, including emergency response, notification and evacuation procedures, and sexual offenses. Three (3) years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property with or immediately adjacent to the campuses.

The report is available online HERE.

Questions or inquiries regarding this report, or to request the report in an alternative format (including hard copy), should be directed to the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94609, or call 510/869-6627.


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