The Compliance Certification Report, submitted approximately fifteen months in advance of an institution's scheduled reaffirmation, is a document completed by the institution that demonstrates its judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements. Signatures by the institution's chief executive officer and accreditation liaison are required to certify compliance. By signing the document, the individuals certify that the process of institutional self assessment has been thorough, honest, and forthright, and that the information contained in the document is truthful, accurate, and complete. (see p. 6 in The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement [PDF])
Implicit in every Core Requirement, Comprehensive Standard, and Federal Requirement mandating a policy or procedure is the expectation that the policy or procedure is in writing and has been approved through appropriate institutional processes, published in appropriate institutional documents accessible to those affected by the policy or procedure, and implemented and enforced by the institution.