SU board expected to vote on financial exigency today
BATON ROUGE- The Board of Supervisors for the Southern University System are expected to vote today on whether to declare a financial emergency at the system's main campus in Baton Rouge.
A previous vote on the declaration was postponed last week while school leaders tried to broker a compromise with faculty over salary cuts. But attempts to reach an agreement on faculty furloughs have been unsuccessful.
The Faculty Senate hopes to get enough people to sign a petition to save jobs. The petition is expected to have more than 200 signatures when it is presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon.
The financial emergency declaration would give the historically black university more leeway to lay off professors but would be considered a negative mark against the school that could harm recruiting and accreditation.
No public Louisiana university has declared exigency since the University of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.