Virginia University of Lynchburg placed on probation
The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools' Accreditation Commission voted to put the school on probation at its Oct. 28 29 meeting in San Diego, which at least four VUL officials attended.
The 127 year old school, an historically black college tucked away on Seminary Hill off Campbell Avenue, has one year to fix the problems that led to the current financial situation.
The school has been under intense scrutiny since laying off aa Sabres new jerseys 2014 number of employees during the summer of 2013, cancelling several athletic programs and seeing its composite score a measure of overall financial stability drop to 1.9 from a 3.0, according toto cheap Sabres jerseys china a State Council for Higher Education of Virginia report.
VUL Provost and Executive Vice President Kathy Franklin, who is a member of the TRACS accreditation commission, did not return a call to her office Tuesday.
VUL President Ralph Reavis did notnot wholesale cheap Sabres jerseys return a call to his mobile phone.
According to documents TRACS made available Tuesday, VUL has failed to "adequately maintain the financial stability of the institution" and has not met at least five regulations required by the agency.
According to TRACS, VUL has specifically not maintained adequate finances to support staffing, facilities, equipment, materials and support services for the approved programs.
VUL serves more than 500 students at its Lynchburg and satellite locations and through online programming,
According to documents provided to The News Advance, the school failed to pay the salaries of a number of employees in June, July and August of 2013.
A June 6 letter to staff bearing the initials of Ralph Reavis said, "I am writing to let you know that thethe cheap Sabres jersey Virginia University of Lynchburg is unable to make the payroll for June 7, 2013. Your patience is requested. When the school is financially able Virginia University of Lynchburg intends to make you whole for your work performed for the benefit of the school."
In July, VUL's baseball coach, William Head, left his position because he was not being paid.
"I couldn't afford to stay in Lynchburg," said Head in August, after procuring a new job in Tennessee. "I'm just lucky enough that I had another alternative. Some other people didn't."
Head would not say how much back pay he was owed, but he has since been paid.
"It was avoidable, but that's about all I can say about that," he said.
Patrice Gilliam, a former teacher at VUL, was laid off Aug. 16, after not receiving about $4,000 in pay.
"They laid us off two weeks before the students are supposed to come in," said Gilliam, who had worked at the school since 2011.
Just a month earlier, Gilliam's housing privileges at VUL had been revoked. A June letter from Hubie Bryant, director of residential life, said because housing requests had reached maximum capacity "it is necessary to have all faculty and staff's future housing privileges terminated. That target move out date was projected for June 30, 2013, at the end of your current 2013 contract. But due to VUL's current 'financial situation,' I am extending your exit date from June 30, 2013 to July 31, 2013."
Bryant does not specify in the letter what VUL's "financial situation" is.
In late September, VUL's Vice President of Finances Donald Leslie said the school was "working hard to catch up our back pay."
Gilliam, who is receiving unemployment, has confirmed receipt of all back pay.
In August, Tony West, owner of the Virginian Apartments, asked VUL students to vacate the apartment complex on lower Rivermont Avenue because VUL had failed to pay rent. According to West, VUL owes him more than $100,000 in back rent.
Financial records from the city of Lynchburg's Department of Parks and Recreation indicate it began having financial problems with the school in December 2011. On at least two occasions, bills to VUL for use of City Stadium were paid by personal check by VUL staff member Rosemary Lewis and former VUL head football coach Willard Bailey.
Lewis did not return calls seeking comment.
In October, Bailey admitted in an interview that he had been paying bills for the VUL football program but would not reveal how much he had spent on the program.
"VUL, like most predominantly small schools and predominantly black schools, [has] financial trouble from time to time and that was not a surprise," Bailey said.
Documents from Lynchburg City Schools confirm Bailey was paying some bills and the school is unable to pay outstanding bills. VUL owes thethe wholesale Sabres jerseys division more than $2,000 for use of school division facilities, according to rental agreements.
LCS' spokeswoman Cindy Babb said the division continues its collection efforts.
TRACS President Paul Boatner said his agency recognized the need for an investigation when the school failed to submit its 2012 audit in a timely fashion. The audit was 10 months late to TRACS, which is in Forest.