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Jan 23, 2012 10:55 AM by AP

Accrediting panel investigates SU actions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Allegations of nepotism and improper micromanaging by members of the Southern University Board of Supervisors are under investigation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College.

According to correspondence obtained through a public records request by The Advocate (http://bit.ly/wbcvbN ), a Nov. 14 letter from SACS Vice President Robin Hoffman to Southern leaders states that the results of the investigation could range from dropping the matter because of insufficient evidence to forming a "special committee" to visit Southern and conduct a more thorough inquiry.

Current Southern System President Ronald Mason Jr. is denying the allegations, at least in terms of not violating any SACS or accreditation standards.

Mason said he has not experienced Southern Board members improperly micromanaging in the university's day-to-day activities

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