The University of Virginia’s accrediting body has placed the elite public flagship “on warning” for allegedly violating two compliance standards when members of the school’s governing board covertly planned an ouster of President Teresa A. Sullivan, privately asking her to resign in early June and then unanimously reinstating her 18 days later.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which accredits schools in 11 states in the South, had accused the U-Va. Board of Visitors of compromising the university’s integrity, not having a formal policy for involving faculty in making decisions and not following its governance requirements, which forbid a small number of members from controlling the board.
On Tuesday, commission trustees announced that they determined that the university was not in compliance in two of the three areas: those concerning faculty involvement and following governance requirements.
The U-Va. board has repeatedly denied the allegations. In written correspondence with the commission this fall, board leaders maintained that although mistakes were made during the failed ouster — which threw the historic Charlottesville campus into turmoil — the board never violated accreditation standards, state laws or its own policies.