By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
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-Documents pertaining to the reason why UNVA’s SEVP certification was revoked or upheld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 firstname.lastname@example.org