Explanation of a Public Warning

Explanation of a Public Warning


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in its Policy Statement Sanctions, Denial of Reaffirmation and Removal From Membership outlines the types of public sanctions on which it can place an institution it accredits.  This Policy Statement also explains the reasons for which an institution can be placed on public sanction and the timeframe for each.

Please note that ECSU was place on public warning for a period of one year while the university completes its work to respond to the findings  in the Review of Financial Aid Administration and Office of Admissions at Elizabeth City State University (February 2016).

Of the public sanctions, a warning is the least serious of the two.  See the definition of warning below:


Warning – The less serious of the two sanctions, Warning is usually, but not necessarily, levied in the earlier stages of institutional review and often, but not necessarily, precedes Probation. It cannot, however, succeed Probation. An institution may be placed on Warning or Probation for noncompliance with any of the Core Requirements or significant noncompliance with the Comprehensive Standards. Additionally, an institution may be placed on Warning for failure to make timely and significant progress toward correcting the deficiencies that led to the finding of noncompliance with any of the Principles of Accreditation. An institution may also be placed on Warning for failure to comply with Commission policies and procedures, including failure to provide requested information in a timely manner. The maximum total time during one monitoring period that an institution may be on Warning is two years.

The next in order of severity is probation usually applied when an institution fails to correct deficiencies, or fails to make satisfactory progress toward compliance with the Principles of Accreditation.

To learn more, click HERE to review the SACSCOC Policy Statement.