Saint Paul’s Announces Plans to Appeal Accreditation Loss in Federal Court
The Saint Paul’s College Board of Trustees today announced the school’s intent to appeal their accreditation revocation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to federal court. The announcement comes two weeks after the school canceled the majority of its classes and residential program, and after being denied an appeal review by SACS. From the release:
“The President’s Office, the Board of Trustees, and the College’s counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, are developing a strategy to protect the students from SACS’ decision and arbitrary actions. We remain hopeful that the court will overturn SACS decision and place the interest of the students above SACS desire to ignore the extraordinary progress Saint Paul’s has made in a few short months.” In that regard, “we have authorized our attorneys to prepare the papers necessary to appeal the decision to Federal Court,” said Dr. Oliver W. Spencer, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Paul’s College.
School officials say that it will ask a federal judge to stay the college’s accreditation revocation until SACS’ review and decision-making processes come before court review.