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March 7, 2001

Auburn Professors in Revolt

More anger, and more political maneuvering from Auburn University's faculty Tuesday night. Five major university groups have now given a vote of no confidence to the school's board of directors, and instructors say it's time for a change.

Professors on the plains say if the university continues to be managed the way it is currently managed Auburn is at risk of losing it's accreditation as a university. The faculty senate talked about how to keep the school academically strong at a meeting Tuesday and some made a call for a mass resignation.

Auburn is about to be examined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - the organization that certifies universities. The association says colleges should not allow trustees to micromanage instructors,  professors or students. Auburn's faculty says the trustees have violated that principal, so they could lose that certification. It's a serious charge that's got professors very upset, and they're now proposing the board allow outsiders to look at Auburn's operations to see if that's the case.

But for some people, that idea doesn't go far enough. In fact, one professor wants the entire board of trustees to resign and if they won't he wants Governor Don Siegelman to step in. Professor Ralph Mirarchi (pictured above left) has drafted a motion for the entire Auburn faculty to consider at a meeting next week. He says if the faculty goes along with it, and if trustees don't resign, he'll call for civil disobedience that will "directly impact Auburn University."

If Auburn lost its accreditation it could also lose state and federal money. And there could be other ripple effects as well. One possibility is that private donations would go away,  we've already heard about one $2-million donation withdrawn, so it's reasonable to think smaller donations might disappear, too.

Auburn's entire faculty is scheduled to meet and vote on whether or not to support the board of trustees on Tuesday March 13th.

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