robert_champion_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE — The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) announced Tuesday that it will continue the accreditation of Florida A&M University (FAMU) but will place the school on a one-year probation. The announcement came in a statement from FAMU. The university said the decision came after a series of correspondence between the accreditation body and the school.

On June 25, the SACSCOC sent a letter to FAMU seeking information regarding issues that arose out of the Nov. 19, 2011, hazing death of band member Robert Champion in Orlando.

According to the FAMU statement, the areas of concern were academic policies, student rights, control of finances and institutional environment.

The SACSCOC asked FAMU to document its policies governing student and non-student eligibility to participate in university-sanctioned activities, to provide information on pending investigations and to submit information about the policies in place to protect student safety when participating in university-sanctioned events, the statement said.

FAMU said it submitted a detailed report in July  in response to that request and on Aug. 24, the SACSCOC notified the university that its Committee on Compliance and Reports would review the material at its meeting this month.

FAMU said it was expecting a letter from SACSCOC “within the next week,” and a full report in January with further details regarding the sanction.

The university said it has meanwhile “been working diligently to address the concerns” expressed earlier by SACSCOC. FAMU has set up a hotline to answer questions: 1-877-326-6397.