South Carolina State University now on probation

South Carolina State University

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? South Carolina State University has been placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges said Thursday the Orangeburg school has been placed on probation. It had been warned last year.

According to the Times and Democrat, the university was put on probation for its failure to comply with board responsibility, handling of financial resources, lack of qualified administrative 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.

Association president Belle Wheelan says the probation will last for one year. Wheelan says the school needs to demonstrate that it has enough money to operate and ensure that the people who are hired are qualified.

School president Thomas Elzey says he thinks the probation will be temporary.

The Budget and Control Board has approved a $6 million loan for the school to deal with its oldest bills.