Annually, Southern Virginia University informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This Act, with which the institution fully complies, was designated to protect the privacy of educational records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
The faculty and staff of Southern Virginia University are committed to maintaining the privacy of students in all courses regardless of the delivery method. University policies regarding student privacy and security of records apply to all modes of instruction, including online education.Online faculty are encouraged to have a variety of opportunities for student participation which may include collaborative writing assignments, portfolios, and projects with frequent assessments, for the purpose of preventing falsification or misuse of identity.All faculty teaching online courses must:
A transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent academic record. An official copy of the transcript carries the university seal and the signature of the registrar, is dated, and is sent by first-class mail directly to schools or other organizations upon the written and signed request of the student or alumnus.
Upon written request, students also may receive official copies of the transcript. Unofficial copies, without seal or signature, are available on mySVU.edu and upon request from currently enrolled students only.
Transcripts, including grade reports, will not be released until it is ascertained that the student has settled all accounts with the university and is not delinquent in college loan programs. The written and signed request for a transcript should contain the following information:
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Transcript Request Information: 540-261-8408
Express mail or other methods of delivery are available upon request and for an additional charge. Facsimile (fax) transcripts will not be provided due to security, data transmission and privacy considerations.
At the end of each semester, grade reports are available online to all students and their academic advisors. Once grades are recorded in the Registrar’s Office, requests for changes must be submitted in writing by the instructor. A Change of Grade Form is available in the Registrar’s Office.
Special notations on transcripts issued by the university are as follows:
Asterisk (*). A grade with an asterisk has been forgiven in the GPA because the student repeated the course.
Audit. “AU” is given for courses that have been audited. No credit or quality points awarded.
Incomplete. “I” is given in a course by the instructor to a student who, because of illness or other circumstance beyond the student’s control, has not been able to complete course requirements on time. The student must be doing passing work when the “I” is given. A grade of “I” becomes an “F” if the course requirements are not met within the time allotted by the instructor, not to exceed six months. An “I” earns no quality points. Division chair approval is required.
Pass. “P” carries no quality points and is not included when computing grade point average.
Repeated Course. “R” designates a repeated course. The grade of the repeated course replaces the original grade in calculating the cumulative GPA. The original grade remains on the official record.
Satisfactory Progress. “SP” designates satisfactory progress in an internship or senior-level project course for which the duration of the required work is expected to span more than one semester. These courses are few in number and require pre-listing approval from the Academic Advisory Council before SP may be used as a grade option. An SP grade carries no credit hours or quality points and must be replaced by a standard A through F grade within six months, otherwise it converts to F.
Transfer. “T” designates a transfer course. It carries credit hours as determined by the registrar, but no grade or quality points.
Withdraw. “W” designates a withdrawal from a course before the end of the sixth week of a semester or the second week of a term. It may also indicate withdrawal from the university. No credit or quality points are awarded.
Withdrawn by Administration. “WA” designates that the university administration withdrew the student from the university for conduct or academic standing that it regarded as unacceptable. No credit or quality points are awarded.
Work in Progress. “WIP” designates that the semester had not yet ended and that the course was still in progress.
The university assesses its programs and services to determine how successful it is in meeting its mission and goals. Evaluation instruments may include, but are not limited to, senior papers and projects, advanced writing papers, senior oral presentations, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, the National Survey of Student Engagement, and various course-embedded assessments. The university regularly surveys students concerning their satisfaction with the university’s student support and administrative services. Seniors and alumni are also surveyed concerning their post-graduation activities, including graduate studies, employment, and service activities.