The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges lifted Baylor University’s warning sanction Monday. The university had been under the sanction since December 2016.
SACSCOC conducted an external review of the university in early October for issues relating to sexual violence on the campus community.
According to SACSCOC’s report, the visit was a review of unsolicited information regarding Baylor’s on-going compliance with several Principles related to sexual assaults on campus. The decision for the visit was based from a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education in May 2016.
Questions were raised by the SACSCOC about Baylor University’s ongoing compliance with the Principles of Accreditation from the Chronicle of Higher Education's report.
As a result, the SACSCOC Board decided Baylor should be placed on warning and a special committee be authorized to review the following Principles of Accreditation: Student Services, Control of Athletics, and Institutional environment.
SACSCOC requested the university to submit the Pepper Hamilton LL report for review.
Pepper Hamilton's full report was not publicly released, but Baylor did release a 13-page “Finding of Fact” and a 10-page “Recommendations” document.
In the report from the October visit, SACSCOC determined there was evidence of significant accreditation related issues based on factual information. The SACSCOC has since finalized its review and officially lifted the sanction.
Read the SACSCOC’s full report below:
Baylor University President Linda Livingstone said in a news release they are grateful to SACSCOC for its extensive work on the external review and the organization’s acknowledgement of the significant progress Baylor has made in addressing those issues.
“I would also like to extend my personal appreciation to the hundreds of faculty and staff members who have worked diligently over the past 18 months on the completion of the 105 recommendations and the subsequent review by SACSCOC,” Livingstone said.
Another onsite review as a part of the University’s standard decennial reaffirmation process will be conducted in Spring 2018. Baylor has been fully accredited by SACSCOC since 1914 and the university said they are committed to maintaining the standards and compliance guidelines required.
“Baylor is a strong and resilient institution that is firmly committed to caring for our students, faculty and staff and providing high-quality academic rigor coupled with opportunities to serve at home and abroad,” Livingstone said. “As we move toward our goal of becoming a Christ-centered preeminent research institution, we are encouraged by SACSCOS’s decision and look forward to its upcoming standard reaffirmation process.”