FAMU Put On One-Year Probation, Accreditation In Jeopardy
Hazing controversy and financial troubles lead to disciplinary action.
Florida A&M University has learned that they have been placed on a one-year probationary period by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The regional accrediting agency has expressed concerns about academic policies, student rights, the control of finances and the institutional environment, according to FAMU. It asked the university to provide information about policies that protect students when they participate in university-sanctioned events.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement separately investigated alleged "financial irregularities" involving the marching band.
If FAMU loses accreditation thousands of students at risk of not being eligible for federal financial aid.
The news comes as FAMU continues to fight a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Champion who was killed during a marching band hazing incident in 2011.