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SU Faculty: 'We weren't paid"

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Posted: Nov 3, 2011 6:36 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Nov 3, 2011 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University, faculty, furloughs, salary

BATON ROUGE - Some faculty members at Southern University said the school owes them money. Education professor Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs is missing $1,200 from her checking account that she is owed.

"I was in shock when I saw all of these NSF charges," Jacobs said.

Jacobs isn't alone; computer sciences professor Dr. Nigel Gwee said he was missing the equivalent of 4 days' work from his paycheck.

"I checked my colleagues, and indeed, all of them had the same amount taken out," Gwee said.

The university voted to furlough nearly all faculty and staff last Friday. That means ten percent will be taken out of checks until the end of June 2012. Faculty who had already voluntarily signed furlough agreements already had money taken out of their checks.

But Gwee never turned his furlough agreement in, and Jacobs never signed one at all.

"I didn't create a problem. My little old ten percent wouldn't solve the problems that has been created by the board and the administration," Jacobs said.

The Finance Department told News 2 about 20 professors were mistaken as ones who had signed furlough agreements. The department said all the money was refunded to faculty Wednesday.

Jacobs wants the university to pay for her insufficient fee funds.

"This affects my credit," Jacobs said.

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