Alabama A&M University and its former research institute have severed all ties through the settlement of a lawsuit the university’s trustees filed in 2011 as part of a strategy to allay concerns raised by an accreditor, The Huntsville Times reported. The university had founded the Alabama A&M Research Institute in 1999 to work with local industry and government agencies. But in November 2010, it was reported that the FBI was looking into the institute’s activities. Two months later, the university’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, began its own inquiry into the relationship between Alabama A&M and the institute. The accreditor resolved its inquiry without issuing any sanctions, the university’s president announced in December 2011.