Court Ruling Brings New Life to CCSF Battle

According to a California state judge's ruling, a regional accreditor denied City College of San Francisco due process and the two-year college must be given a new opportunity to argue against being closed, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

The decision, handed down on Friday by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow, found that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges violated federal regulations and a law requiring that the college be given due process when the commission decided to revoke the college's accreditation in 2013.

Judge Karnow's ruling said he planned to issue an injunction requiring the accreditor to revisit its decision after first giving the college a chance to respond to its allegations, reported the Chronicle. The ruling leaves the door open for the accreditor to again decide to terminate the college's accreditation if a fuller hearing of the facts warrants such an action.

"This relief directly accounts for the significant unlawful practices I have found, it pays attention to the extensive federal regulations which surround the accreditation process, and it respects, as it must and as all parties agree, the fact that under federal law it is the ACCJC, and not this court, which exercises its discretion with respect to accreditation decisions," Judge Karnow said in the decision.

 

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