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Group Files US DOE Complaint on UVA 'Warning'

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2012 03:00 PM EST

By STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A higher education nonprofit representing trustees and alumni is seeking an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education into an accreditation agency's decision to put the University of Virginia on warning for its failed attempt to fire its president last summer.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni contends the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges had no basis for issuing the warning and overstepped its role as an accrediting agency when it put UVA on warning Dec. 11 for its messy bid to oust President Teresa Sullivan.

The UVA warning was issued Dec. 11 by the accreditation agency based on governance issues.

The accrediting commission did not immediately respond to telephone messages and emails from The Associated Press.

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