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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

8VAC40-31-30. Advertisements, announcements, and other promotional materials.

A. A school certified to operate by the council in accordance with this chapter shall include in any print and electronic catalogs (i) a clear statement that the council has certified the school to operate in Virginia and (ii) a complete address of the main campus and all branch locations within Virginia.

B. A school certified to operate by council in accordance with this chapter shall include in all publicity, advertisement, and promotional materials distributed to current or prospective students (i) a clear statement that the council has certified the school to operate in Virginia, (ii) the school's complete name as indicated on the certificate to operate, and (iii) the address of at least one branch campus located in Virginia.

C. A school with its main campus not located in Virginia that has a physical presence in Virginia shall state in its print and electronic catalog distributed in Virginia that:

1. Each course or degree, diploma, or certificate program offered in Virginia is approved by the governing body of the school; and

2. The appropriate state agency, if any, in the state where the main campus of the school is located has granted whatever approval may be necessary for the school to:

a. Offer courses or degree, diploma, or certificate programs at the level for which credit is being awarded for those courses or programs in Virginia; and

b. Ensure that any credit earned for coursework offered by the school in Virginia may be transferred to another of the school's locations outside Virginia as part of an existing degree, diploma, or certificate program offered by the school.

D. No advertisement, announcement, or any other material produced by or on behalf of a postsecondary school shall in any way indicate that the school is supervised, recommended, endorsed, or accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia, by the State Council of Higher Education, or by any other state agency in Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 23-276.3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 23, eff. August 24, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 8, eff. February 3, 2014.

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