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This section lists off-campus sites of Virginia public four-year institutions that have been approved by the State Council in accordance with the Code of Virginia §23.1-203 and the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV)’s policy on Levels of Required State Action for Various Types of Organizational Changes at Public Institutions. The sites listed here have been established as relatively permanent locations at which institutions offer for-credit courses and programs (degree programs and certificates) to address community, regional, and state needs. Programs are also available at other locations* in-state and out-of-state.
The listing of off-campus sites presented here constitutes a record of SCHEV-approved sites and serves as a resource for higher education, state government, and the public.
Pursuant to §23.1-219(D) of the Code of Virginia, no postsecondary school shall be required to obtain another certification from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to operate in the Commonwealth if it (i) was formed, chartered, or established in the Commonwealth or chartered by an Act of Congress; (ii) has maintained its main campus continuously in the Commonwealth for at least 20 calendar years under its current ownership; (iii) was continuously approved or authorized to confer or grant academic or professional degrees by the Council, the Board of Education, or an act of the General Assembly during those 20 years; and (iv) is fully accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by and has met the criteria for Title IV eligibility of the U.S. Department of Education. These institutions can conduct academic affairs or business without seeking or obtaining SCHEV approval. The resulting scope of the institutional autonomy includes:
Please see an overview of the religious exemption provision below:
23-276.2 (C) of the Code of Virginia exempts from the provisions of certification any postsecondary institution whose primary purpose is to provide religious or theological education. The titles of degrees, diplomas, or certificates awarded by a school that claims a religious exemption must reflect that the school’s primary purpose is religious training or theological education and is not secular or liberal arts education. An exemption granted after July 1, 2002 must be renewed every 5 years and denoted with an asterisk (*) on this list.
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