Posted: Aug 24, 2011 8:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Southern University Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Friday on whether the main Baton Rouge campus will declare a state of financial emergency, called exigency.
Southern Chancellor James Llorens has insisted that nearly all faculty agree to 10 percent furloughs - time off without pay - and shorter job termination notices as the only way to avoid exigency because of campus budget problems.
Declaring a financial emergency allows the administration more leeway to lay off tenured faculty and ax academic programs.
Llorens tells The Advocate on Tuesday he is requesting exigency for a one-year period.
The Southern Faculty Senate voted unanimously last week to oppose exigency and the "voluntary furlough and program discontinuance" agreements that faculty received.