FAMU placed on yearlong probation status

Florida A&M has been placed on a 12-month probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

However, during the probationary period FAMU will remain an academically accredited institution.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson said the school has not yet been given an official letter, but that SACS will provide one outlining the decision in a about week.

While the probation does not pertain to the school’s academic standards, SACS outlined four major points of concern.

One thing Robinson was sure of: “All of our academic programs are as sound as they were yesterday,” he said.

The university will be given a more detailed report in January. SACS will then visit the school through the next six months during which university officials will provide written documents outlining the core issues in question.

Robinson addressed concerns in a teleconference Tuesday afternoon before departing from an official SACS meeting in Texas.

“We are going to take this very seriously,” he said. “I think we will make a very compelling argument.”

Robinson added that the probationary status from SACS could have deep implications for FAMU. “It’s not a slap on the wrist,” he said.

A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium to answer questions from students, faculty and staff.