Correction: Virginia State-Probation story

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story June 12 about accreditation at Virginia State University, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the school was placed on six months’ probation by its accrediting agency. The school has received a six months’ warning, which is a less severe sanction than probation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Virginia State University receives warning from accreditor

Virginia State University placed on a 6-month warning by accreditor after standards issues

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University has been placed on six months’ warning by its accrediting agency after problems arose with the school’s standards.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports the sanction was made public Thursday at a meeting in Portsmouth. The issues arose as a result of the five-year report that is part of a school’s 10-year reaffirmation of the accreditation process.

The sanction will have no effect on students.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges board cited five standards related to adequate faculty numbers, academic program coordination, financial aid audits, procedures for addressing student complaints, and responsibility for the federal Title IV student financial-aid program.

The warning is a less severe sanction than being placed on probation.


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