Accrediting Panel To Review U.Va.'s Status

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An accrediting panel has questions about the University of Virginia stemming from the Board of Visitors' failed attempt to oust President Teresa Sullivan.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is reviewing the events that occurred this summer to determine whether U.Va. met standards for integrity, governing borads and the faculty's role in governance.

The Daily Progress reports that the commission told the university in a recent letter that there's no identified procedure related to removing U.Va.'s president, which creates the possibility of integrity issues.

It appears that the Faculty Senate should have been notified of the board's intent to oust Sullivan because the group advises the rector and Board of Visitors "concerning educational and related matters affecting the welfare of the University," stated the letter, which was signed Mark V. Smith, vice president of the commission.

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