ITHACA, NY – The result of the Ithaca College faculty vote regarding confidence in President Tom Rochon are in, with a substantial majority voting no confidence.
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Of the overall Ithaca College faculty, 77.8 percent – 316 people out of 406 voters – voted no confidence in Rochon. Officials said 86.6 percent of the faculty voted.
By comparison, 72 percent of Ithaca College students voted no confidence, with a little over half of the student body voting. The faculty vote was initiated on Nov. 30, just before the result of the student vote was revealed.
IC staff may also be considering a vote, according to the Ithacan.
Discontent with Tom Rochon’s leadership first mounted in late October, following a series of racially-charged incidents and an unfavorable response to the college’s “Blue Sky Reimagining” initiative.
Things progressed quickly, with the student government moving toward a vote of no confidence before the month was out. On Nov. 11, over 1,000 students participated in an walkout, with another, smaller walkout occurring last week.
Also last week, a number of students occupied the main administration building of the college from Monday to Friday.
People of Color at Ithaca College, the group behind several of these demonstrations, has pledged to continue actions until Rochon resigns.
Rochon, in an interview earlier this month, stated “resignation has not crossed my mind.”
This is a developing story.
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