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General Academic Information

UVA Academic Calendars - NOTE: The UVA academic calendars are proposed by the Provost's Office and approved by the University President.

Official university transcripts are provided through the National Student Clearinghouse and may be requested 24/7. Please see the Official Transcript Information and contact the University Registrar with any questions.

Current students can search SIS for upcoming classes.

UVA's University Registrar maintains the official record and policies for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Relevant links to the official policies and academic rules for the School can be found below.

Students are responsible for the accuracy of their enrollments and should check their Academic Requirements form (available through SIS) on a regular basis to be sure they are making satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

The steps for preparing to receive a degree are:

  1. Apply for graduation in SIS; deadline for spring graduation is February 1st. [Click here for Step-by-step directions]
  2. Check your primary name and diploma address in SIS. For assistance with changing your diploma address, see the SIS Help website, and to update/correct your primary name contact UREG directly.
  3. Enroll in the remaining classes you need for your degree in your last semester.
  4. Check your Academic Requirements Form in SIS to be sure you will have completed all requirements and earned the number of credits needed. It is YOUR responsibility to be sure you have met all of the requirements for the degree. Make an academic advising appointment if you are uncertain how to read your academic requirements report.
  5. Take all of your exams and pass all of your courses.
  6. Order a cap and gown (May only).
  7. Order and send announcements (if you want, May only).
  8. Be alert for Batten Student Services announcements about graduation services and the Batten Regalia ceremony and ticket distribution.

Information regarding receipt of your UVA diploma can be found on the UREG website. Additional graduation and diploma information is listed on the University Record [see the Undergraduate Record or the Graduate Record.]

Notes:

  1. Diplomas for the B.A. in Public Policy and Leadership will only show the degree (Bachelor of Arts), not the major. The major is noted on the transcript.
  2. Double majors are reminded that they receive only one degree—and thus only one diploma—but have both majors noted on their transcript.
  3. The University reserves the right to withhold the diplomas of financially delinquent students or when students have engaged in Standards of Conduct violations at or prior to graduation ceremonies. The University also reserves the right to revoke diplomas previously conferred when the student has not satisfied the rules and regulations of the University.

For yearly dates, please visit the UREG Operations calendar.

Advising
  • Utilize the Batten Student Portal to make advising appointments.
  • Amanda Crombie advises all Batten MPP students and BA students.
  • Kristine Nelson advises all Batten minors and students interested in studying abroad.
Summer Enrollment
  • Summer class search available in SIS the Friday of spring break.
  • Returning graduate student enrollment begins approximately 2 weeks after spring break.
  • 4th, and 3rd year student enrollment begins day after graduate student enrollment.
  • 2nd and 1st year student enrollment begins following day.
Fall Enrollment
  • Fall class search available in SIS the Friday of spring break.
  • Graduate student enrollment begins approximately 3 weeks after courses available in SIS.
  • Undergraduate student enrollment begins a fews days after the graduate student enrollment date.
  • See your exact enrollment date/time in your Student Center in SIS. Note that this is not your Validation Appointment.
Spring Enrollment
  • Spring class search available in SIS the mid-October.
  • Graduate student enrollment begins approximately 2 weeks after courses available in SIS.
  • Undergraduate student enrollment begins a fews days after the graduate student enrollment date.
  • See your exact enrollment date/time in your Student Center in SIS. Note that this is not your Validation Appointment.

The Office of Academic Programs oversees all course registration for the Batten School. Batten graduate courses are restricted to Batten graduate students, thus any post-graduate MPP student and second year Accelerated Bachelor/MPP student may enroll in Batten courses on their own, unless a course is otherwise restricted.

First year Accelerated Bachelor/MPP students are still officially enrolled in their undergraduate school of enrollment and are not yet recognized as Batten students by the Student Information System (SIS). The Office of Academic Affairs will therefore automatically enroll all first year Accelerated Bachelor/MPP students in their core courses for the fall and spring of their first year. Those students interested in enrolling in Batten electives must contact the Assistant Director of Academic Programs and Registrar directly to register.

Batten School courses are listed under the following mnemonics: LPPA, LPPL, LPPP and LPPS  
 
LPPA: Leadership and Public Policy – Evaluation and Analysis courses (economics, research methods, and data analysis)
LPPL: Leadership and Public Policy – Leadership courses (leadership)
LPPP: Leadership and Public Policy – Policy courses (policy based)
LPPS: Leadership and Public Policy – Substantive area courses (education, environmental, development, health, humanitarian, national security, social entrepreneurship, etc.)

 

To view a comprehensive list of a certain semester’s Batten School courses in SIS, use the following search criteria in the Class Search:

Term: Select a Term [i.e. “2020 Fall”]
Department: Public Policy

 

Students interested in taking an elective for the MPP outside the Batten School should complete the Batten Electives and Special Topics form found on your Batten Student Portal under Academic Requests. Once submitted, the Director of Academic Programs will ensure that the course meets the MPP criteria. As a general rule, the course must be taught at the graduate level (6000+) and related to leadership or public policy. Exceptions to this rule are approved in consultation with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Contact the Director of Academic Programs with questions.

Consult the online Course Directory in SIS for course offerings in a given term. Please note, however, that the Darden School of Business and the School of Law do not use SIS. Consult the websites of these schools for course offerings.

Historically Batten students have chosen electives in the following schools. If interested in a course at a UVA school not listed below, please consult with the Director of Academic Programs. 

SCHOOL SCHEDULE PROCEDURE NOTES
Architecture Same as Batten Once approved by Director of Academic Programs you will be enrolled by Batten Registrar If the course is restricted, contact instructor directly for permission, then forward written approval to Batten registrar.
Arts & Sciences: Economics Same as Batten Students may enroll independently through SIS. Contact Batten Registrar if problems arise. Contact Batten Registrar if problems arise.
Arts & Sciences: History Same as Batten Students may enroll independently through SIS. Contact Batten Registrar, or History Graduate Studies Coordinator if problems arise. No particular considerations.
Arts & Sciences: Politics Same as Batten Contact Batten Registrar to register, or Public Health Sciences Enrollment Coordinator If the course is restricted, contact Public Health Sciences Enrollment Coordinator to facilitate instructor approval.
Business (Darden) Special Visit Darden Registrar in person at Room 112A, Saunders Hall, 434-924-4785, for the Non-Darden Student Course Enrollment Request Form. Obtain signature on form from instructor. With instructor approval, Batten student may attend the course from the start of classes but must see the Darden Registrar after the Darden add/drop period ends to verify capacity and enroll. Deliver all paperwork to Batten Registrar to finalize registration. Remember to consider travel time across Grounds when choosing courses. Darden operates on a quarter schedule. Most courses count for 1.5 credits; two Darden courses are required to count as a Batten elective.
Commerce (McIntire) Same as Batten Contact Director of Academic Operations or Commerce Registrar for approval. Most courses are restricted to Commerce students only.
Education (Curry) Same as Batten Students may enroll independently through SIS. Contact Batten Registrar, or Curry Enrollment Specialist if problems arise. Curry students have first priority in Curry courses. If enrollment exceeds capacity, non-Curry students are not guaranteed a slot. Batten students are encouraged to contact the instructor when they register to be sure there is room.
Law Special Complete a Non-Law Student Course Enrollment Request Form, including the instructor’s signature, and deliver to the Law School Student Records Office, Room 105, Slaughter Hall, 434-924-7347. Request forms are processed on a first-come, first served basis after the Law School add/drop period ends. Once enrollment is approved, deliver paperwork to Batten Registrar Remember to consider travel time across Grounds when choosing courses. All Law courses are graded to a B+ mean (3.3). Fall grades may be submitted as late as February 15th. Spring grades may be submitted as late as June 15th. The Law School’s attendance policy requires attendance at a minimum of 80% of class sessions unless the instructor establishes a stricter requirement. Enrollment in a Law course for credit or audit is on a space available basis, with the instructor’s permission, after the add/drop period has ended. Courses taken for credit or audit do not fulfill MPP degree requirements (those must be taken for a grade).
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Batten Student Portal

The Batten Student Portal is an online community where students of the Batten School can access resources, schedule appointments with academic, career and student services. It is a one stop shop where students can get help.