FAMU put on academic probation

SACS ruled that the university failed to maintain principles of integrity.
Published December 11 2012
Updated December 12 2012

TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University was placed on academic probation by its regional accrediting body Tuesday, which cited ongoing issues concerning hazing and financial mismanagement at the school.

For now, the university's accreditation remains intact. FAMU has 12 months to convince the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that it has fixed the problems or it could face more devastating consequences.

Interim president Larry Robinson notified the school's Board of Trustees about the probation Tuesday morning, and he will meet with students and staff on Thursday.

Robinson said probation became inevitable once SACS ruled that FAMU had failed to maintain principles of integrity, one of the key core requirements for remaining in good standing.

"We've got to take it very seriously," Robinson said, while also pointing out that the school's ongoing efforts to address its issues could pay off when a SACS committee visits Tallahassee this spring.

"We'll have a strong case to make to the special committee that we're making progress on it," he said.

In 2007, SACS placed FAMU on a six-month probation after concluding the school did not comply with accrediting standards for leadership, finances and other internal controls. That probation was eventually lifted.

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