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Fla. A&M taken off probation by accrediting panel

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Updated: 12/10/2013 2:06 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University is no longer on probation.

In December, 2012, a regional accrediting organization gave FAMU officials a year to fix several problems. The university came under fire for several items, including whether or not students were safe in the wake of the hazing death of Robert Champion, a marching band member.

The accrediting organization voted Tuesday on FAMU's status. Interim President Larry Robinson says the vote to lift FAMU's probation was the best possible outcome.

If accreditation had been revoked, students would not have been eligible for federal financial aid.

A committee that visited FAMU's campus this fall concluded the university made progress in dealing with problems at the school. But that report cautioned it was unclear if improvements would remain once a new president is named.
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