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Southern University's financial crisis falls on students


POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 8:05am

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 9:47am

Southern University's got to turn in a reorganization plan to their board of supervisors by November 30 because of their recent declaration of financial emergency.

Southern's Faculty Senate President Sudhir Trevedi tells us now nearly half the school's tenured or tenure track faculty could be out of a job. But the chancellor's office says they don't know where that number came from and don't expect cuts to be that drastic.

Several faculty members are trying to file an injunction to reverse the financial emergency status

Dean of the College of Sciences Robert Miller says in a letter that many tenured faculty could lose their jobs when Southern's administration submits their reorganization plan to the Board of Supervisors.

According to Trevedi that would be a step that the historically black university might not to recover from.

"They want to burn it down and then rebuild," he explains. "My point is if you burn it down. What if you cannot rebuild. So I want to rebuild this institution but I don't want to burn it down first

The Chancellor's Office released his statement to NBC33 News. It says, "We are going through a process. There are no numbers etched in stone. The proposed plan will be delivered to the board of supervisors on November 30."

We asked students at Southern what they thought about the rough semester their administration has had.

“This is a state of emergency for Southern University. Everybody is getting hit hard and although I do care about the teachers, but something has to be done," says student Simone Bray.

Student Charissa Carrol also commented, "I believe that if they keep going down this path of just cutting, cutting, cutting and not fixing the problem at the root I reel as if we may come to a day where my children and my grandchildren won't be able to come to Southern"

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