Judge Strikes Complaint Against ACCJC

On March 25, 2014, the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, issued an order striking the complaint brought by the Save the CCSF Coalition against the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), effectively dismissing the lawsuit. ACCJC Chair Dr. Sherrill Amador stated, “The judge’s order shows that this was a frivolous lawsuit that wasted the energy and funds of the non-profit accrediting association of 133 educational institutions. It was one brought by a private third party that sought to interfere with the quality assurance process and did not serve the public interest. We are pleased this lawsuit has been struck.”

ACCJC’s attorney, Mr. Philip S. Ward, provided the following comment:
“The ACCJC filed a special motion to strike the petition on the ground it was filed in an effort to chill the Commission’s constitutional right to make accreditation decisions and intended to intimidate the ACCJC from expressing itself candidly and freely on matters of post-secondary accreditation. On March 25, 2014, the San Francisco Superior Court judge hearing the other two lawsuits involving the City College accreditation dispute granted the motion to strike and ordered this third case dismissed. The Court held that the ACCJC’s accreditation activities were indeed entitled to constitutional protection under California law and further that the petitioners had offered no competent evidence their “unfair practice” allegations against the Commission had any merit whatsoever.

The ACCJC continues to defend the legitimacy and accuracy of its accreditation decisions with respect to City College of San Francisco, and it looks forward to an eventual decision from the Court vindicating its evaluations.”


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