University Of Virginia Placed On Notice After Failed Ouster

DALLAS (December 11, 2012)—The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the University of Virginia on warning Tuesday at its annual meeting in Dallas after the Board of Visitors' failed attempt to oust the prestigious public school's president this summer.

In an October letter to the school, the association said it was examining whether the board acted with integrity in its attempt to remove President Teresa Sullivan.

The association also was looking into whether the university met standards for governing boards and the faculty's role in governance.

The university argued that it fully complied with the principles of accreditation, state law and its own policies.

Sullivan was forced to resign in June, but was reinstated about two weeks later after a campus and community backlash.

Also Tuesday, the association informed Florida A&M University that it’s being placed on a yearlong probation after a series of scandals at the school, including the hazing death of a drum major.

If FAMU's accreditation is revoked, students won't be eligible for federal financial aid.

Interim President Larry Robinson stressed that the probation does not affect the current accreditation of academic programs.

SACS took the steps because of several problems, including the revelation that audits were not finished and false summaries were distributed.

Robinson also said that SACS raised questions about student safety in the wake of the death of Robert Champion as well as questions about the finances of the Marching 100.


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