A school seeking to retain its full accreditation may appeal an adverse action. An adverse action is defined as a recommendation for Denial of Initial Accreditation, Conditional Accreditation, or Termination of Membership.
A school is given the right to contest the recommendation of the VAIS Accreditation Committee. These are the procedures to be followed:
- The Executive Director notifies the head of school in writing of the proposed recommendation for adverse action and the reasons for the recommendation as soon as possible after the Accreditation Committee meeting.
- The school may request to have its representative appear before the VAIS Accreditation Committee to lodge an appeal, submit additional information, or respond to questions. Such a request must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director of VAIS no later than 36 hours prior to the Accreditation Committee meeting at which the school’s evaluation report is to be reviewed. If no such request is made, the motion shall proceed to the Board. Specific guidelines for the appeal visit will be provided by the VAIS office.
- A school desiring to contest the Accreditation Committee’s recommendation after and beyond its appeal to the Accreditation Committee may request to have its representative appear before the VAIS Board of Directors. The intention of the school to make this appeal must be submitted in writing no later than seven days before the meeting of the Board at which the accreditation of the school is to be considered.
The action of the Board of Directors on accreditation and membership, after any appeals have been heard, is final.