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Amendments to Federation Operating Practices and Policies Approved




On Monday, August 7, 2023, the InCommon Steering Committee approved the following amendments to the InCommon Federation Operating Practices and Policies (FOPP):

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  1. The InCommon office address changed.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education’s methodology for categorizing its national and regional accrediting bodies changed, unifying these bodies into one set of accreditors, and necessitating an update in recognition of this change.
  3. We’ve removed mention of the InCommon Assurance program. The InCommon Assurance Program was retired in 2021. It has been replaced by InCommon Baseline Expectations.
  4. We’ve removed reference to  a risk assessment written in 2004 by the original InCommon Steering Committee. That risk assessment is now obsolete.

In accordance with the community commitment and policy provisions outlined in the InCommon Federation FOPP, InCommon Participant Representatives were notified of these changes via email. 

The updated FOPP is published in its usual location on our website. The previous version of FOPP will be archived and placed in the document repository as soon as possible. 

Secondarily, we have also updated our template InCommon Participation Agreement to reflect the new InCommon office address.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us — as always — via

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