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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
5/6/2021

8VAC40-31-90. Role of the executive director.

A. In addition to other administrative responsibilities vested in the executive director of the council, the executive director shall carry out the following administrative responsibilities relative to this chapter:

1. Authorize certification to operate for postsecondary schools that meet the certification criteria.

2. Authorize the use of the term "college" or "university" in a school's name.

3. Authorize religious exemptions.

4. Authorize emergency action pursuant to § 23-276.7 of the Code of Virginia, in the event a school has received an adverse action by the USDOE or by its accrediting agency that threatens a disruption of the operation of the school and exposes students to a loss of course or degree credit or financial loss. All emergency actions shall be reported to council at its next meeting to either ratify or take such actions as it may deem necessary. The authority of the executive director in these instances includes the authority to:

a. Suspend new enrollment in specified programs, degree levels or in all programs and degree levels.

b. Require the school to provide a guaranty instrument or increase the penal amount of a current guaranty.

c. Take other actions as may be necessary to protect the rights of currently enrolled or future students.

5. Assess administrative fees.

6. Authorize the release of a surety instrument requirement.

B. The executive director may delegate certain administrative responsibilities to the council staff.

Statutory Authority

§ 23-276.3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 23, eff. August 24, 2006.

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