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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 40. State Council of Higher Education For Virginia
Chapter 31. Regulations Governing Certification of Certain Institutions to Confer Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

8VAC40-31-193. Loss of accreditation.

A. In the event of the loss of accreditation of a certified school, the council will move to revoke the school's certificate to operate.

B. The council may waive the revocation provided the school does the following within 30 days of the loss of accreditation:

1. Provide council staff with a copy of the accreditor's letter and full report explaining the reason for the revocation;

2. Provide council staff with a written explanation why the loss of accreditation should not impact the school's certification to operate in Virginia and any supporting documentation; and

3. Submit to an audit to determine compliance with the council's regulations.

C. Council staff shall consider the accreditor's report, the school explanation for the loss of accreditation, and the findings of the audit to prepare a report for the council that recommends:

1. Initiate revocation of the school's certificate to operate; or

2. Grant conditional certification, during which time the school may not enroll new students. The terms of the conditional certification will be fixed at staff discretion based upon their findings.

D. The school must maintain a surety instrument during the totality of the conditional certification period.

E. The school shall provide written notification to all enrolled students of its loss of accreditation from its accrediting body and of its provisional certification status with the council.

F. The school shall be eligible to apply for full certification upon meeting the following conditions:

1. Provide documentation that the issues causing the loss of accreditation have been resolved.

2. Demonstrate full compliance to the provisions of this chapter by virtue of an audit during the conditional certification period.

Statutory Authority

§ 23-276.3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 8, eff. February 3, 2014.

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