American Association of University Professors Mulls Investigation of Southern Exigency Firings
[mpoverlay]The American Association of University Professors has informed Southern University of a possible investigation into the school’s firing of 10 tenured professors. The firings came after the school declared financial exigency – a financial state of emergency that allows for specific cuts in faculty and staff and programmatic offerings to maintain basic operations of the school.
The dismissals followed the Southern University System’s Board of Supervisors’ declaration in October that a financial emergency existed. That move, which is technically known as a declaration of financial exigency, let Chancellor James Llorens perform massive reorganization at the school, including firing professors with tenure.
The SU board said such firings can be carried out with as little as a month’s notice, but the professors’ organization has said that a year’s notice is required, Faculty Senate President Sudhir Trivedi said. (Times-Picayune)[/mpoverlay]