OSU Faculty Senate calls on President Alexander to resign

The Faculty Senate also voted 64 to 30 in favor of a motion saying they have "no confidence in the Board of Trustee's ability to lead OSU in a way that is consistent with our values and calls upon the members to resign

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 10:26 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 10:38 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. --- The Oregon State University Faculty Senate overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President F. King Alexander and called on him to resign.

During a special session Thursday night, 108 senators voted in favor of the motion, 7 opposed and 5 abstained. The Faculty Senate is the university's representative for all the faculty on campus. Even though they do not have the same power as the OSU Board of Trustees, this motion shows the dwindling support of Alexander.

Emily Bowling is a senator representing Student Affairs, and she read a letter from the Sexual Health Advocacy Response and Prevention working group on campus. In the letter, it called out Alexander for dragging his feet after the Husch Blackwell report was released.

"We're deeply disturbed about the information released in the Husch Blackwell report and the toothless decision made by the Board of Trustees."

The Faculty Senate also voted 64 to 30 in favor of a motion saying they have "no confidence in the Board of Trustee's ability to lead OSU in a way that is consistent with our values and calls upon the members to resign." Many senators said they do not think the board responded appropriately to the Husch Blackwell report and do not agree with placing the president on probation.

Another motion passed demanding the hiring of all executive positions in the university, including the president, be made transparent and open to public input.

Finally, the Faculty Senate demanded "an increase in funding and staffing for survivor advocacy and violence prevention programs on campus to meet the needs of OSU and provide increased focus on BIPOCE and LGBTQIA+ communities."

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