9OYS Education Watch
'It's serious': Pima Community College on possible probation
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Higher Learning Commission issued a 30-page critical report slamming Pima Community College administrators.
In the report, the commission says it has concerns with the college's Compliance for Accreditation.
The main complaint: the Board of Governors did not take any action against former chancellor Ray Flores after eight employees came forward to report inappropriate behavior over the course of eight years.
C.J. Karamargin, Vice Chancellor of Public Information says the claims were not a surprise.
9OYS's Alexis Fernandez asked, "Was the college aware of any of these issues?"
"Oh yeah, many of these issues raised in the HLC report have been brought to our attention over the past few months," he responded.
The report also mentions accusations of a hostile work environment, problems with hiring and bullying of employees.
We asked Karamargin why nothing was done if the school was aware of the problems.
"As soon as these issues became apparent to the college, the College began to take actions to look into them," he continued.
The Commission is recommending the school be put on probation for two years until these issues are fixed.
Karamargin says the school is working on changing the culture and they hope to have a new chancellor by summer.
"It's serious, everyone at the college considers it serious and that's why we are going to be devoting a lot of our efforts to preparing our response," he said.
PCC has until March 29 to respond to the report.
The Board of Trustees will make a final decision April 6.