The University of Maryland has been placed on warning by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education following an accreditation review, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
The decision to place Maryland under warning stems from the death of Terrapins football player Jordan McNair, who died in June 2018 of heatstroke after an organized team workout. Maryland’s accreditation is now at risk.
Maryland submitted a supplemental report in February and met with commission leaders in March and April. From the Baltimore Sun:
Margaret M. McMenamin, commission chair, wrote in an additional emailed statement that the team “identified concerns regarding the institution’s compliance with Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration) and more specifically transparency of its governance structure” that contributed to the warning status.
Brian Kirschner, the commission’s communications director, confirmed in a phone call with The Baltimore Sun that the fallout from McNair’s death ultimately prompted this decision.
According to the report, Maryland must submit a manditory report by March 1. The university will have to meet with members of the commission throughout the fall. Maryland’s accreditation will remain intact.
Losing accreditation would mean that students would not be eligible for federal financial aid.