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SCSU Holds Town Hall; Addresses Accreditation

10:48 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina State University  officials meet with students after two former University leaders were indicted in federal court.

Last week, the former campus police chief there plead guilty in a federal kickback scheme. Prosecutors said Michael Bartley and former trustee Jonathan Pinson conspired to get the school to buy a tract of Orangeburg County land from a Florida landowner.

Previous Coverage: Ex-SC State Trustee Indicted, Ex-Chief Pleads Guilty

Leaders at South Carolina State University held a town hall meeting Tuesday night, addressing these issues with student body. One student wanted to know if the indictments could effect the schools SACS accreditation. The University's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. W. Franklin Evans took the podium and told students,

tudent wanted to know if the indictments could effect the schools SACS accreditation. The University's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. W. Franklin Evans took the podium and told students,

"There is certainly a possibility that whatever we do is going to have an implication on our accreditation," said Evans. "But as long as we can provide evidence and documentation that we are in the business of helping students, we're going to be fine with SACS."

The University says it remains fully accredited through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

According to the SACS website:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission's mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.

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