LITTLE WONDER THAT a regional accrediting commission still has questions for the University of Virginia about the tumult over leadership that roiled the school four months ago. Just as the efforts to oust President Teresa Sullivan were opaque, so too have been the subsequent explanations. University leaders need to cooperate with the commission’s demand for better information — not because of the remote possibility the school will lose accreditation but because there can be no real closure to the unsettling events of June until all the answers are known.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has informed university officials that it is not satisfied with the explanation of the university’s governing board for how and why it asked Ms. Sullivan to resign, only to have to reinstate her in the face of unprecedented protests by students, faculty and alumni that attracted nationwide attention. “Questions remain,” the commission wrote to the university in a letter of Oct. 5 that expressed concern about the continuing possibility of “integrity issues with governing board authority.” The organization, The Post’s Jenna Johnson reported, will discuss the matter at its December meeting; if its dissatisfaction continues, there could be further investigation, with possible sanctions for U-Va. ranging from a warning to the unlikely loss of accreditation.