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Watchdog.org files FOIA request for ICE case file on UNVA

By   /   July 25, 2013  /   2 Comments

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

Watchdog.org’s seeks info from the ICE investigation into UNVA.

ALEXANDRIA —Watchdog.org’s Virginia Bureau has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information about Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s investigation into the University of Northern Virginia.

The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia revoked the university’s license to operate July 16 based on the school’s inability to regain accreditation.

The school is now being forced to refund students tuition the school has already collected for the fall semester by tapping into a $915,380 deposit the council required of the school, said Sylvia Rosa-Casanova, SCHEV’s director for private and out-of-state postsecondary education.

The school has a history of academic woes and legal trouble.

It lost its accreditation in 2007 and failed to regain it after applying to several accrediting bodies. SCHEV audited the university four times, and ICE raided the school in 2011.

ICE has 20 working days to respond to the Watchdog.org request for:

-Report of investigation on the 2011 ICE raid of UNVA

-Opening and closing report on the investigation of the school

-The current status of the school’s SEVP and SEVIS certification

-Documents pertaining to the reason why UNVA’s SEVP certification was revoked or upheld

Bre Payton is an intern for the Virginia Bureau of Watchdog.org. Contact her at bre@watchdogvirginia.org

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Bre is a reporter for watchdog.org. She has covered government and political news for the Virginia Bureau of watchdog.org, where she started as an intern. She has uncovered waste, fraud and abuse in areas including: transportation, higher education and voting rights. Her work has appeared in Fox News, Washington Times, Townhall, Human Events, Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

  • JoeF

    It would be interesting to see what they found in the raid and why they haven’t filed any lawsuit.
    In CA, ICE had everything prepared and they filed a lawsuit against the Herguan CEO right after the raid of that institution.

  • JoeF

    Did anything come out of this?
    It’s certainly been much more than 20 working days…

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