Accreditor Warns U. of Virginia Over Failed Removal of President

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced on Tuesday that it had placed the University of Virginia on warning status for one year over the failed ouster of its president, Teresa A. Sullivan, an incident that threw the Charlottesville campus into turmoil this past summer. The Daily Progress reports that the commission’s decision was announced at its annual meeting, in Dallas. Previously, the commission and the university had traded letters about the episode, with the accreditor saying that it was not satisfied with Virginia’s explanation of Ms. Sullivan’s removal and subsequent reinstatement following a torrent of criticism. In a written statement cited by the newspaper, Virginia’s provost, John D. Simon, called the decision “disappointing” and added that the institution had been working “to ensure the highest level of transparency, accountability, and responsiveness to all those it serves.” An institution found to be out of compliance with the commission’s standards can face a warning or probation, and a warning is considered the less serious of the two sanctions.

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