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established and recruit at least one significant cohort of     4.2 Change of Circumstance Visit
          students. Further information about Interim Accreditation
          can be found in section 3.2.2. Interim Accreditation may   It is likely that a visit to an institution will be arranged if
          be awarded after a standard Stage 2 inspection visit and   there are any significant changes in the operation of the
          the fee is the same (see Section 7). The annual fee is   institution, such as a change of ownership, appointment
          payable when the institution gains interim accreditation   of new senior staff, introduction of several new courses
          following an inspection visit.  During this period of   affecting more than 40% of the enrolment or a major
          Interim Accreditation a standard Stage 3 visit would be   expansion of the premises /change of existing premises
          undertaken with a view to considering the institution for   is planned. In particular, if the institution moves to
          full accreditation.                                   new premises or opens a satellite campus there will
                                                                be a premises visit to confirm that the premises are
            3.6 Accreditation of Overseas Universities          appropriate and that all statutory requirements are met.
              Institutions and Schools
                                                                There will be a fee for such visits (see Section 7).
          ASIC has been invited to accredit several overseas
          universities and institutions to raise their academic     4.3 Random Visits
          standards and profiles. We have undertaken
          accreditations in countries across the globe in Asia,   A random visit is an additional inspection which is not
          America, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East   part of the formal accreditation process and is normally
          and beyond. In order to maintain the high standards   unannounced.
          of accreditation, ASIC undertakes these international   This type of inspection may be for the following reasons:
          accreditations in as nearly as possible an identical way to
          the processes described for UK institutions. Universities   • response to information received from partner or
          and institutions which are interested in such accreditation   government bodies,
          should contact the ASIC Office. A separate Overseas   • failure to notify ASIC of significant changes,
          Application Form, Handbook and Areas of Operation are
          available by contacting the ASIC office, and on the ASIC   • failure to respond to ASIC requested information,
          International website:                 • to check that the institution is still operating in
                                                                 accordance with ASIC’s accreditation requirements.
           4. Maintaining Accreditation
                                                                 4.4 Removal of Accreditation
          There are many benefits to maintaining your ASIC
          Accreditation such as access to ASIC Seminars, discounts   Accreditation may be withdrawn by ASIC at any time if:
          at WEBA events, ongoing support from ASIC in the areas   • The institution does not continue to meet the
          of business development, quality enhancement and       Accreditation Criteria or fails to meet the requirements
          international partnership development, amongst many    as detailed within the ASIC Handbook.
          others. These services are all covered as part of your
          annual fee. More information about these can be found   • The institution fails to disclose malpractice.
          in section 2.2.                                       • ASIC receives significant substantiated complaints from
                                                                 students/ stakeholders regarding the practice of the
           4.1 ASIC Call Support
                                                                 institution and, after investigation, it is seen that the
          ASIC provides a friendly and responsive call support   institution is not meeting the Accreditation Criteria.
          system for all our institutions.  ASIC staff will contact you   • The institution is making false claims or
          a few times throughout the year to check on how your   misrepresenting itself in its publications (including
          institution is doing, offer any assistance or advice on   its website), particularly in relation to claims about
          issues you are experiencing, and inform you of upcoming   memberships and accreditations.
          events and ASIC services which may be helpful.        • There is a change in the control of the institution which
          This is also a chance to update us on any changes to the   has an impact on the operations and structure of the
          institution or to contact details.                     organisation, including a relocation or addition of
          NB: It is a requirement of accreditation that institutions   premises.  Institutions must inform ASIC immediately of
          inform ASIC in a timely manner of any significant      any changes.
          changes to the operation of the institution such as
          change of ownership, changes in senior management,    • Payment for ASIC services is not received in
          location of main premises or the use of additional     accordance with the prescribed payment terms.
          premises, or significant changes in course provision.
                                                                In all cases ASIC will be happy to discuss each situation
          In addition to this ASIC asks all its institutions to complete   as it arises and give a reasonable period for issues to be
          an Annual Return with information about the operation   resolved.
          of the institution over that year and detailing any updates   Please note: the above list is not exhaustive and ASIC
          to institution details. These will be sent out by ASIC   reserves the right to remove Accreditation if it feels that
          staff shortly before the anniversary of accreditation and   standards are not being upheld or there is a risk to the
          should be returned promptly.                          integrity of ASIC Accreditation.

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