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New Off-Campus Site

An off-campus site refers to a location that is geographically separate from the University of Virginia's (UVA) main campus in Charlottesville, VA where instruction related to a credit-bearing degree or certificate program either in part or in whole takes place.  Establishing a new UVA off-campus site requires State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approval, and depending on the percent of a degree program delivered will require Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review.  Specifically:   

  • If 25-49% of a degree program will be delivered at an off-campus site, UVA must notify SACSCOC in advance of instruction taking place.
  • If 50% of more of a degree program will be delivered at an off-campus site, UVA must obtain SACSCOC approval before instruction at the site may occur.

In addition to SCHEV and SACSCOC reviews, other external policies govern institutional activity at off-campus site, including those related to Veteran’s Benefits, Immigration, and Distance Learning requirements. 

Historical offerings of educational programs at an off-campus site (e.g., a previously approved certificate program at an employer’s request) do not automatically confer status as an approved site. The SACSCOC Liaison will collaborate with the Provost Office to determine whether an off-campus site is an approved or unapproved site. Schools should communicate on a timely basis with the SACSCOC Liaison about any off-campus site activity to ensure compliance with relevant internal and external policies. 

Please contact Institutional Research and Analytics for any questions.