The President of Alabama A&M University held a press conference Tuesday, December 6, to proudly share with a group of students, faculty and staff the fact that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) did not pose any sanctions against the University after a year-long cloud.

President Andrew Hugine, Jr., convened the 6:30 p.m. press conference in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs following his return from the annual meeting of SACS in Orlando, Fla.

Not only did the accrediting body clear the University of “unfounded” allegations, he said, but it also did not place the institution on any warning status or probation, said Hugine. “The University remains fully accredited with SACS-Commission on Colleges.”

The agency did request that the University come to some resolution on “the issue related to the legal authority and the Research Institute” and report progress by April 2012. AAMU was also urged to monitor its financial resources “in light of the present economic environment.”

The SACS inquiry dates back to January 19, 2011, fueled by complaints about a series of issues from a group of alumni, an employee and a memorandum of record from a trustee member, stated Hugine. A second round of complaints from the group resulted in SACS’ second request for information in July.

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