SC State students want answers in wake of federal indictments

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - South Carolina State University students got a chance to voice their concerns about two former staff members indicted for corruption.

Prosecutors say former board trustee Jonathan Pinson and former Chief of Police Chief Michael Bartley used their positions with the school to solicit favors and money.

Students have been concerned about the allegations and their negative impact.

"I want to know if the indictments have any bearing on sacs accreditation in the future," asked one student.

"I really don't know what the future holds to be honest with you," responded a faculty member. "Anything that is not right could be or if the commission feels is out of compliance could be an issue for the university."

Interim President Dr. Cynthia Warrick says her customer service initiative will be key in building relationships between faculty, staff and students.

The school will rebuild its website and introduce a mobile app to be more transparent. Another top priority is hiring a chief audit and ethics compliance officer.

Sophomore Nadime Harris says the session helped reassure students about the university's future.

"They came very direct," said Harris. "Didn't beat around the bush, and I liked that Dr. Warrick said the things that happened in the past would not happen under her jurisdiction."

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