UTRGV Reassures Students Probation Period Won’t Affect Them

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EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was placed on probation for the next 12 months.

However, officials are reassuring students that they will remain in operation and they will not be affected.

“We will remain fully accredited, and so the daily academic operations of the university shouldn’t be affected. So students don’t need to worry about credits or scholarships or financial aid,” UTRGV Associate Vice President for Marketing Communications Patrick Gonzales said.

He mentioned the university staff will try to figure out the reason of their probation.

“We don’t know specifically what the concern SACC’s have, but what we think is that the crucks of the issue is the transition period from dissolving legacy institutions to UTRGV,” Gonzales said.

He said they continue to communicate with the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the commission. We found out UTRGV has more than 10 comprehensive standards that may be out of compliance. The SACC Coordinator of Communications Pamela Cravey explained a few.

“For failure to comply with principle 1.1 integrity, comprehensive standard 3.4.4 acceptance of academic credit, comprehensive standard 3.4.7 consortia relationships contractual agreement,” she said.

Cravey went on to say the comprehensive standards were reviewed by the board of trustees and were the cause of the probation.

Gonzales said university staff will wait to find out the definition of the violations.

“It’s still pretty generic, like the first one is integrity. So we’re still waiting on the official documentation to let us know what part of the integrity are they talking about,” he said.

Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges put together a special committee to visit UTRGV in the next coming months.

The Commission on Colleges said they will be posting their comprehensive standards on their website on Dec. 13.

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