Injunction Granted, Paine College remains accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/19/2016 12:09 PM

Augusta, Georgia – September 19, 2016 - Earlier today, The Honorable Thomas W. Thrash, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, entered a preliminary injunction reinstating Paine College as a member of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (“SACSCOC”).  The effect of the injunction is to restore SACSCOC’s accreditation of Paine College to the status it was immediately before such accreditation was withdrawn last week.

The injunction was issued at the request of Paine College after it filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory, monetary, and injunctive relief from SACSCOC’s unlawful actions.  The standard for the issuance of an injunction requires that Paine College show that it has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of its claims.  SACSCOC consented to the issuance of the injunction.

Paine College filed its lawsuit after receiving the decision of the Appeals Committee of SACSCOC to ignore the evidence of financial stability and success of Paine College and to affirm the decision of the Board of Trustees of SACSCOC to remove Paine College from its membership.

“This is a great day for Paine College!” stated Attorney Michael Thurmond chair-elect of the Paine College board of Trustees. We are pleased that the District Court has issued the injunction, which restores our accreditation with SACSCOC until our lawsuit is resolved.”  Dr. Samuel Sullivan, the President of Paine College added, “Our students, faculty and staff should know that Paine is doing everything in its power to fight for the future of the College.” 

 "I couldn't be more thrilled with the decision made by the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. We believe strongly that Paine has demonstrated to SACS that our financial condition is significantly improved and that we should remain fully accredited,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan. "I'm pleased that the District Court, by its ruling today, agrees with us."