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      Paine College put on probation by accrediting body

      Paine College in east Georgia has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.

      AUGUSTA, GA. (WACH/AP) -- Paine College in east Georgia has been placed on probation by its accrediting body. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges implemented the sanction after it said the private school in Augusta failed to correct problems during the past two years. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Thursday's action is the most severe and final sanction possible before accreditation is revoked. Commission spokeswoman Pamela Cravey said the college is in violation of nine standards relating to fiscal stability, institutional policy, qualified officers, control of finances, control of sponsored research, institutional environment, and federal student financial aid programs. Paine College officials did not comment to the Augusta newspaper on Thursday.

      This is the second Historically Black College & University in the region to be placed on probation.

      South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina was put on probation Thursday for its failure to comply with board responsibility, handling of financial resources, lack of qualified officers, lack of financial stability, organizational structure, control of finances, control of sponsored research and external funds and improper use of Title IV program responsibilities.

      ??With probation, the university will have a site team visit spring 2015. The university can remain on probation for two years before a decision is made about membership,?? said the university's President, Thomas Elzey.

      Elzey says they hope to have more details about the status of the probation on July 9, 2014.

      While SCSU is placed on probation, Elzey adds that the university is still fully accredited.