UNC has received a letter from its accrediting agency detailing the decision to place Carolina on probation in mid-June, the university announced on Tuesday.
Carolina issued a statement confirming the receipt of the letter saying the university is reviewing the letter now and that early next week Chancellor Carol Folt and Provost Jim Dean will have an in-person meeting with SACS leadership.
In the statement, the university says the letter will be made public after the meeting with UNC and SACS leadership.
At the SACS Board of Directors meeting in June, the accrediting agency found that Carolina was noncompliant on seven standards, including integrity, after an academic scandal that spanned nearly two decades.
The board placed UNC on probation for 12 months; the only punishment available more severe than probation would have been for SACS to remove Carolina’s accreditation.
In November, SACS sent an initial letter to UNC accusing the university of 18 counts of noncompliance. After reviewing Carolina’s response and taking into account reforms put in place by the university, the accrediting agency was satisfied that Carolina was compliant on 11 of those charges.
Chancellor Folt issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the university has a “very good relationship with SACS.” Folt adds that she was pleased the SACS President had made public comment regarding the 70-plus reforms put in place by UNC.
A special committee from SACS will visit Carolina’s campus next spring.
The board will reassess UNC’s accreditation status at its meeting next June.