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SACS inquiry an example of false accusations causing 'substantial harm,' Alabama State says
Vice President of University Relations Danielle Kennedy told Alabama State University students last month that ASU was not responsible for the placement of these signs in Montgomery following the governor's release of a preliminary report alleging wrongdoing at the school. (File photo)
-- Alabama State University says it will respond by Dec. 1 to an that it provide evidence responding to allegations of financial mismanagement, fraud and conflicts of interest at the school.
In response to news reports on the request by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), ASU officials said in a statement that they are preparing a response that "squarely addresses" allegations against the school.
The SACS request stems from an inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by former ASU President Joseph Silver. If ASU were to lose its accreditation, students would not be eligible for federal student aid.
According to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, more than 92 percent of ASU's 5,816 students received some form of student aid in the fall of 2012, the latest year for which records were available.
Commissioned by the Gov. Robert Bentley to investigate Silver's allegations, Forensic Strategic Solutions of Birmingham produced a preliminary report last month that alleged the university attempted to thwart the inquiry.
University officials have vehemently denied the allegations, sharply criticizing FSS and the governor's office, alleging Gov. Robert Bentley is .
"It is unfortunate that the governor of any state would release any report that was in a preliminary draft, knowing that the data contained within it was undetermined and unknown to be correct," ASU said today.
ASU officials told students days before the SACS sent its request that the allegations , but it could impact the trustees personally if any were found guilty.
ASU has filed a lawsuit in California against FSS, alleging its .
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