Due Process is the major post-visit activity before the commission confers the final accreditation decision. It begins after the on-site visit is completed, when the commission prepares and sends to the institution a Draft Statement containing a section for each program reviewed. The Draft Statement will include:
- General information about each program
- Statements about the program’s strengths, and
- Statements detailing shortcomings identified by the team
The institution will have 30 days to respond to the shortcomings identified in each program’s section of the Draft Statement. This back-and-forth response period between the institution and ABET is called 30-Day Due Process. During the Due Process Response Period, the institution may contact ABET about improvements made or corrections taken by a program to address the shortcomings identified in the Draft Statement.
The institution may need to provide supplemental information related to a program’s improvement after the Due Process Response is submitted. Supplemental information must be received in time for proper consideration prior to the commission decision-making meeting in July.