RICHMOND — A regional accrediting agency was not satisfied with the University of Virginia governing board’s explanation for how and why it tried to oust the president in June, according to a letter U-Va. leaders received earlier this month. The university now faces a slew of sanctions, including possibly losing its accreditation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which accredits more than 800 colleges, including those in Virginia, was alarmed by news media reports that the ouster of President Teresa A. Sullivan in June had been orchestrated by a handful of members instead of the full board. The commission quickly raised questions about the board’s integrity, compliance with policies and interaction with faculty.
The U-Va. board responded to the accusations in late September, stating that while mistakes were made, members worked as a united group and didn’t break any rules, policies or laws. The commission responded in a letter dated Oct. 5 that “questions remain” and the matter would be reviewed by its board at a December meeting.