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Graduate Record 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

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Credit Courses and Non-Credit Offerings


The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a broad range of credit courses to help adult learners meet their educational objectives.

Many students transfer course credits earned through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to programs at other colleges and universities. Students also use credit courses for other professional certificates or to satisfy prerequisites for graduate or professional programs.

Customized credit as well as noncredit programming fosters collaboration between University of Virginia faculty and renowned scholars from other institutions; political, cultural, and business leaders; and noted artists and authors. SCPS academic program developers work closely with other University faculty and with representatives of the client to design challenging academic programs. Noncredit programs are designed for individuals who are interested in substantive intellectual activities but who do not need academic credit. Organizational representatives and individuals are encouraged to discuss their education and training needs with regional academic outreach directors and/or program developers from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, who can respond rapidly and effectively to such needs. For further information, consult the School of Continuing and Professional Studies website: www.scps.virginia.edu.

Community Scholar Program


The Community Scholar Program is a non-degree program offered by the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Through this program, adults can enroll in on-Grounds credit courses of the University during the fall and spring semesters. Day and evening classes are open to Community Scholars on a space available basis and by permission of instructor. Community Scholars may enroll for an unlimited number of semesters, but may take no more than two courses per semester, along with any dependent laboratory or discussion sessions, for a maximum of 11.5 credits. Program participants have the opportunity to study with renowned faculty of the University of Virginia, enjoy the same intellectual challenges as students enrolled in degree programs, and earn college credit for their work.

Community Scholars bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to the classroom and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Enrolling in courses through the Community Scholar Program allows participants to meet personal and professional needs. Please refer to additional information on the School of Continuing and Professional Studies website: www.scps.virginia.edu under Programs and Courses/Take a Class.

The program serves many purposes for the adult learner. Community Scholars pursue objectives to advance their careers by studying recent developments in their fields. Others seek to satisfy prerequisites for advanced study in medicine, engineering, or education, or exploring a graduate department’s course offerings prior to applying to its formal degree program.

Academically advanced high school juniors and seniors may be granted permission to register in one course per term, after meeting all eligibility requirements.  First-time High School Community Scholar students, and a parent, must complete an interview and/or attend an orientation session.

The Community Scholar Program does not grant degrees. Two part-time undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) are offered by the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Those who wish to earn a degree full-time at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville must apply to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions or the appropriate graduate school of the University.

Course Selection and Registration


Community Scholars may choose courses from departments and schools throughout the University with the exception of the schools of Education, Law, and Medicine. Faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community Scholar to a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. Community Scholars must obtain written permission of the instructor to enroll in each class. For students interested in enrolling in graduate level courses, proof of an undergraduate degree will be required at the time of registration. There may be additional school level requirements to enroll in courses in the Community Scholar program; interested students should consult the School of Continuing and Professional Studies website for details. Information must be submitted in person to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies office, in Zehmer Hall, prior to the start date of classes to ensure that required prerequisite actions  have been completed.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Students enrolled in the Community Scholar Program must receive a grade of C- or better in each course in which they are enrolled to remain in Good Academic Standing.  Any student receiving a grade below C- in any course will be placed on Academic Probation for a period of one year.  During this time, a student may continue to enroll in courses in the Community Scholar Program according to Community Scholar enrollment policies.  Should the student receive a grade below C- in a course while on Academic Probation, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension for a period of one year.  While on Academic Suspension, a student may not enroll in courses through the Community Scholar Program.  Any student previously placed on Academic Suspension may apply to re-enroll in courses through the Community Scholar program at the end of the term of suspension by contacting the Director of the Community Scholar Program.  Any student previously placed on Academic Suspension who is allowed to re-enroll who then receives a grade of C- or below in any subsequent class will not be allowed to enroll as a Community Scholar in any future term. Probation or Suspension terms apply to enrollment in any SCPS programs and courses.

Course Withdrawals Students enrolled in the Community Scholar program are expected to successfully complete courses in which they are enrolled.  Any student who withdraws (W appears on academic record, distinct from dropping a class) from four or more classes in a two year period will be placed on Academic Probation for one year.   During this time, a student may continue to enroll in courses in the Community Scholar Program.  Should the student withdraw from a course while on Academic Probation, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension for a period of one year.  While on Academic Suspension, a student may not enroll in courses through the Community Scholar Program.  Any student previously placed on Academic Suspension may apply to re-enroll in courses through the Community Scholar program at the end of the term of suspension by contacting the Director of the Community Scholar Program.  Any student previously placed on Academic Suspension who is allowed to re-enroll who then withdraws from more than one course will not be allowed to enroll as a Community Scholar in any future term.  Probation or Suspension terms apply to enrollment in any SCPS programs and courses.

Responsibilities and Status


Community Scholars enrolling in University courses agree to abide by the University Honor System, the University’s rules and regulations, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ policies and applicable procedures.

In addition, Community Scholars assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner that is civil and compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. In a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, interference with the orderly process of the University, or interference with the rights of others cannot be tolerated. In order to fulfill its functions for imparting and gaining knowledge, the University has the authority and responsibility to maintain order within the University. The Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies has the authority to exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process, including those whose behavior would present a threat to the health and safety of others.

Because Community Scholars do not pay the required comprehensive fees (which include such items as athletic tickets, intramural access, Student Health, University Transit, and Student Legal Services) expected of full time students, they are not eligible to use the services of the Department of Student Health or purchase the University-endorsed Student Health Insurance plan, nor will they receive the above-mentioned services while taking classes through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Community Scholars are urged to make other healthcare arrangements.

Comprehensive Community Scholar Program information can be found at www.scps.virginia.edu.

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