The announcement was made Tuesday at the SACS Annual Conference in Dallas.
“We are pleased to have received a favorable report from SACS regarding our reaffirmation. I would like to commend the team involved with the reaffirmation process and thank them for their countless hours of work toward continuing our academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment,” said Shorter University President Donald Dowless, who is in Dallas at the conference, in a press release issued by school officials.
The reaffirmation continues Shorter University’s accreditation for a 10-year period through 2022.
SACS visited the university in April amidst protestors who were upset about the university’s Faith and Personal Lifestyle Statement, which faculty and staff members were required to sign.
During an interview in April, Wheelan said the statement of faith would not have any bearing on the school’s reaccreditation.
“They can do that. They’re a private college, and it’s part of their mission. Other colleges are doing the same thing,” Wheelan said. “Liberty (University in Virginia) has been doing that for a long time.”
More than 60 Shorter staff and faculty members resigned after the Board of Trustees passed a measure that required them to sign a Faith and Personal Lifestyle statement in which they agree, among other things, to “reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality.”
Two protests that included students, alumni and former faculty members were conducted after the university changes were announced.