SU professors: 'We won't sign away our rights'

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Posted: Aug 18, 2011 6:28 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 18, 2011 6:40 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University, financial crisis, Faculty Senate, Southern University Faculty Senate, furloughs

BATON ROUGE-- Southern University's Faculty Senate voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a letter sent to them asking for furloughs and more. The University is facing a budget shortfall of 10 million dollars.

If faculty sign the letter, they also agree that they can be terminated at any time without being given much notice.

"We're basically being asked in a pressure situation to basically sign all our rights away," Faculty Senate member Albert Samuels told News 2.

Some faculty members previously said they would volunteer to take unpaid time off, but changed their minds after reading the letter.

Faculty Senate President Dr. Sudhir Trivedi believes the University is threatening a financial crisis to scare professors into signing the letter.

"I'm calling their bluff!" Trivedi said to fellow professors.

Next year's budget will be presented in Shreveport next week. Faculty members were told Thursday at the meeting the budget is balanced, but includes ten percent furloughs for faculty.

The Faculty Senate also voted to oppose financial exigency, something Trivedi believes should be a last resort.

Senate members decided to form an enrollment task force to deal with long lines for enrollment and financial aid too.

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