Paine College granted injunction, will keep accreditation for now

Paine College granted injunction, will keep accreditation for now

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Paine College stakeholders are  breathing a sigh of relief, for now.

A judge has sided with the school on an injunction to keep its SACS membership as an accredited institution.

Paine College was met with its worst case scenario this past weekend-SACS denied the school's appeal to remain accredited.

President Dr. Samuel Sullivan said, "It's a serious matter. But, we're doing all that we can possibly do."

President Sullivan opened the floor Monday morning for folks to ask questions, and they didn't hold back.

Residents began with concerns of misappropriated funds by the past administration.

One student asked,"Why weren't there any criminal charges pressed against him?" referring to the prior president.

Others asked what options foreign students will have in order to complete their degrees.

"I'm a senior, where do I go from here?" asked one athlete.

Officials said the first step in moving forward was to file a law suit against SACS, with claims that the body failed to provide the college with important documentation for its appeal and prohibited administrators from submitting evidence of financial stability.

Shortly after the meeting, a judge ruled in favor of Paine College, meaning the school is still accredited until the two parties are able to discuss the case.

If they still cannot agree, a judge may have to decide the case.

In the meantime, Paine College is seeking accreditation from the Transatlantic Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

That's a process that could take anywhere from 3 to 10 years.

But, it's something one professor says he believes will work in the college's favor.

"The fight has just begun!" said philosophy teacher Matthew Hutcherson.

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