Posted: Aug 18, 2011 9:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University "likely" will ask to declare a financial emergency next week unless nearly all of the faculty agree to furloughs and shorter termination notices.
Southern's new chancellor, James Llorens, told The Advocate Wednesday the budget shortfall proved larger than expected and greater demands are being asked of the faculty. But some of faculty members are balking at the requests, essentially creating a standoff with Southern's administration.
Declaring a financial emergency, called exigency, allows the administration more leeway to lay off tenured faculty and axe academic programs. Exigency is generally considered a serious blemish that could scare away current and potential employees.
Llorens says unless 95 to 100 percent of the faculty voluntarily sign the agreement, university administrators would have no option but to call exigency.